UPDATED — Last year when Melad Stephan told Have You Heard? the name of his new Old Town restaurant would be Luca Italian Kitchen after Chef Gianluca Sciagata, he acknowledged that Sciagata might not stay forever but that the name would.
“Ahhh, well, the name will stay,” Stephan said, quickly adding, “I hope he’s going to be around for a while.”
He didn’t stay long, though.
Stephan says Sciagata, who came from Aspen, Colo., was not happy in Wichita and has left the restaurant.
Former Ya Ya’s Eurobistro Chef Damon Stephens is now the Luca chef.
Stephan says the name won’t change because Sciagata “doesn’t have the trademark on (the) Luca name.”