Roxie’s on the River, a new Wi­chita café, of­fers a river view

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Food & Drink - BY DENISE NEIL

Wi­chita has a river, but it doesn’t have a whole lot of river­front din­ing.

Now, there’s a new op­tion in a place peo­ple might not think to go.

Roxie’s on the River is a new break­fast and lunch café that opened ear­lier this week in­side the Farm Credit Bank Build­ing at 245 N. Waco. It’s owned by Raquel Ramirez, who also has Roxie’s in River­side.

The café is set up in a space on the build­ing’s ground level that has been over­hauled by the new own­ers, De­lano In­vest­ment LLC, which pur­chased the build­ing in 2017.

It has a slick new white­and-gray in­te­rior, an all­new kitchen and pa­tio seat­ing that faces the river.

The build­ing has long had a café in the space that caters to the 500 or so peo­ple who work there and is open to the pub­lic. For a time, it was run by Truf­fles, the group that once had the café in the Wi­chita Art Mu­seum. Most re­cently, it was called Café 245 and was op­er­ated by Cor­po­rate Cater­ers, but that closed just be­fore the café re­model started in May.

The build­ing’s new own­ers de­cided to re­vamp the café and launched a search for some­one to run it. They ap­proached Ramirez, who had ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning an of­fice-build­ing café. Un­til ear­lier this year, she owned and ran The Lunch­box, a lit­tle eatery on the ground floor of the High Touch Tech­nol­ogy build­ing at 110 S. Main. While there, she gained a fol­low­ing for her cin­na­mon rolls.

Roxie’s on the River is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon­days through Fri­days. It of­fers a set break­fast and lunch menu with items like bis­cuits and gravy, cheese­burg­ers and a va­ri­ety of sand­wiches. It also of­fers a salad bar, and Ramirez said she’ll cook up a spe­cial each day — things like tacos, chili with corn­bread and sloppy

Joes.

There’s seat­ing for about 100 in the new din­ing room, and the pa­tio holds 30. Roxie’s on the River is open to the pub­lic, not just the Farm Credit Bank Build­ing em­ploy­ees.

Ramirez said she’s ex­cited about her new ven­ture, but she’s not sure what the fu­ture of her Roxie’s in River­side will be.

At the mo­ment, the lit­tle walk-up snack stand in the former Chiq­uita’s Cor­ner space at 11th and Bit­ting is closed. Busi­ness has been slow, she said, but she’ll re­open Nov. 30 and see if things pick up. If not, she’ll close for the sea­son and re­open in the spring. She’ll make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether to keep the build­ing af­ter that, she said.

“I re­ally love that place,” she said. “I re­ally wanted that spot. I hate to let it go. I re­ally do.”

Cour­tesy photo

Roxie’s on the River is on the ground level of the Farm Credit Bank Build­ing at 245 N. Waco. There’s seat­ing for 100 in the din­ing room, and 30 on the pa­tio.

DENISE NEIL The Wi­chita Ea­gle

Raquel Ramirez, known for her cin­na­mon rolls, has opened Roxie’s on the River.

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