From tiki drinks to Coney dogs, new restaurants coming in 2019
Wichita got many new restaurants in 2018, including a German place, a couple of fancy new wine bars, and a cookie dough cafe.
And it looks liked 2019 will be another delicious year. The calendar is already packed with a lineup of restaurants that are set to open in the new year, and many more will likely be added as the months go by.
Here’s a look at the restaurants we know about that are opening in 2019 along with their owners’ projections for when they’ll be ready. Keep in mind, as always, that it often takes a few weeks — or months —longer to open a restaurant than owners expect.
The Donut Whole East, 3750 N. Woodlawn: The Hurts Donut that had been operating near 37th and Woodlawn since the summer of 2016 suddenly closed in November. Not long after, owners of Hurts’ competitor — downtown’s The Donut Whole — announced that it would move into the space and that it might try some new things when it does, including experimenting with yeast doughnuts. (The Donut Whole sells only cake donuts.) Owner Tariq Azmi says he hopes to have the new shop open the first week of January.
Chick N Max, 37th and Maize: Wichita’s third Chick N Max will open in the Fox Ridge Plaza on North Maize Road just south of 37th Street. It’s set to open on Jan. 3.
Vora Restaurant European, Douglas and Rutan: Brothers Brad and Brent Steven — who also own The Hill Bar & Grill and Wine Dive — are behind this European restaurant, which will operate on the ground floor of the new Uptown Landing highrise apartment building at Douglas and Rutan. It’ll serve Italian and French dishes along with cuisine native to Germany, Spain and Greece. They hope to have it open on Jan. 7.
Doo-Dah Diner, 1530 S. Webb Road: The owners of Doo-Dah Diner, the popular breakfast and lunch restaurant
that’s been operating at 206 E. Kellogg since 2013, are opening a second restaurant near Harry and Webb. Meanwhile, they’ll close their original diner for about five months for a major remodel. The second location is set to open on Jan. 8.
Da Chicken Shak & More 2, 1112 W. 31st St. South: The owners of Da Cajun Shak opened their new chicken restaurant, Da Chicken Shak & More, at 2428 W. 13th Street in early September. And they’re already expanding that concept. Da Chicken Shak & More 2 should open at 1112 W. 31st St. South in January.
Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, 602 N. Tyler Road: The former Charlie’s Pizza Tacos pace near Central and Tyler, which was briefly home to Pedro’s Express, is getting a new tenant. Pedro Guevara is opening Puerto Vallarta in the space, and he’ll serve a full menu of made-fromscratch dishes. The restaurant will have table service as well as a drive-through. It should open in early January.
Coney Island Hot Weiners, 1001 W. Douglas: A Wichita location of this Tulsa-based restaurant, which will specialize in 5 1/2 inch-long hot dogs with mustard, cheese chili and onions, is set to open in Delano in late January. The menu will also feature Frito pies, tamales, chili and cinnamon rolls, and craft beer will also be served. The owners say they plan to open two more Coney Islands in Wichita in 2019 as well, though they haven’t yet settled on locations.
Chicken N Pickle, 1240 N. Greenwich: This longawaited restaurant, which combines a chicken restaurant with pickleball courts, is already half open. Some of the courts were ready to go in early December, and people have already been using them. The restaurant portion should be open in February, serving a menu of rotisserie chicken dinners, smoked wings, pulled pork, burnt end sandwiches,
Tight Ends, 524 S. Seneca: The lot on the northeast corner of Seneca and University just off the Kellogg exit has been empty for years. But that will change in 2019. Two restaurants will open in a new development there, and one is Tight Ends, a sports bar and grill with scantily-clad servers. (Think Twin Peaks.) Owners are aiming to have it open in time for March Madness.
Huddle House, 524 S. Seneca: The other restaurant going into the new development at Kellogg and Seneca is Wichita’s second Huddle House, an IHOP-style breakfast restaurant. It should be open by late March, owners said. The first one opened in December in Twin Lakes, near 21st and Amidon.
HomeGrown, 1900 N. Rock Road: Wichita’s second HomeGrown — a breakfast and lunch place by the owners of Carlos O’Kelly’s — is set to open in the old Backwoods space at 1900 N. Rock Road in March. A third HomeGrown the owners have planned for the new Spaghetti Works development downtown likely won’t open until 2020, a spokespersons said.
Andy Kay’s Cookie Camper: Andrea Walters, who owns the popular sugar-cookie business Andy Kay’s Cookies, has purchased and is remodeling a 13-foot, turquoiseand-white 1971 teardrop camper, and she plans to turn it into a mobile cookie business. She hopes to have it on the road by April.
Andy’s Frozen Custard, 21st and Webb: A second location of this walk-up/drive-through frozen custard chain is opening in a new strip center in front of the OptiLife at 21st and Webb. It should be ready by April. The first one opened at NewMarket Square, 21st and Maize, in March 2017.
Coffee Werks & Poke, 21st and Webb: The owners of Poke Mix Hawaiian Fusion at 8979 W. 21st St. are expanding to the east side with a new concept: a poke restaurant that doubles as a coffee shop. It’ll have the same build-yourown poke that the westside store does but will add a long list of coffee drinks and desserts — as well as a drive through. Owners hope to have it open by April or May. Yokohama Ramen Izakaya, east side: Yokohama Ramen Joint owner Jack Fukuda isn’t ready to announce the location of his east-side restaurant, but he’s confident he can have it ready by early
May. In addition to the ramen soup the original Yokohama Ramen Joint at at 613 W. Douglas has become known for, the second restaurant will also offer alcoholic beverages like sake as well as several appetizers. In Japan, an ‘izakaya’ is a type of bar that serves drinks and small plates, and it’s becoming trendy in big cities.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Kellogg and Ridge: Wichita’s second Cheddar’s Restaurant is quickly taking shape just to the north of the new Cracker Barrel, on the site of the old Palace West Theatre. The corporate office doesn’t have an exact date but says the restaurant should be open by spring.
Lava & Tonic, location TBA: Partners Alex Thomas and Paul and Jennifer Drace hope to open this tiki bar sometime in late spring. They’ve picked a location and are in the process of signing the lease, Thomas said. The bar will serve tiki drinks plus pizza and sushi.
Dave & Buster’s, K-96 and Greenwich: Wichita is finally getting its longdesired Dave & Buster’s, which is tentatively scheduled to open this summer next to Cavender’s in the development at K-96 and Greenwich. Dave & Buster’s, which is popular in bigger cities, offers a menu of appetizers, burgers, pastas and more along with a full bar, video games and party rooms.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 21st and Oliver: Wichita’s second Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is set to open this summer in Braeburn Square, the retail complex on the
Church’s Chicken, 3824 E. Harry: Local entrepreneur Mike Jizzini opened the first of his brand-new Church’s Chicken restaurants at 4780 E. 13th St. this year, and people responded with never-ending lines wrapped around the building. Initially, he had planned to build his second Church’s at Broadway and Pawnee, but that one will be delayed until early next year, he said. The Harry restaurant will go up first, and Jizzini said he hopes to have it ready by summer, if not late 2019.
Barn’rds Restaurant, 37th and Maize: They’ve been thinking about it and talking about it for a while. And soon, the owners of Barn’rds Restaurant are going to get started on their long-planned westside restaurant, they said. They hope to have it open at 37th and Maize by September. The original Barn’rds, which serves roast beef sandwiches, soups, shakes and more, is at 2037 N. Woodlawn.
El Viejito Mexican Restaurant, 4722 S. Broadway: This Mexican restaurant is making a move from its spot at 5518 W. Central, where it closed in November, to the former La Fiesta space at 4722 S. Broadway. Owners say they’re not sure when exactly they’ll open but it should be early
The new hotel that’s been under construction for more than a year in the 400 block of East Douglas will have an eye-catching glass-bottomed pool that juts out 10 feet over Douglas. It’ll also have a rooftop restaurant. Developers have said that the restaurant will have big windows facing Douglas and a glass roof, though other details are scarce. There’s no word on when it will open, but the Wichita City Council, which offered developers tax incentives, have given them a March 31 deadline to complete the project.
La Islas Marias, 2150 N. Amidon: This Mexican seafood restaurant has been slowly taking shape in the former Neighbors space in Twin Lakes all year. But recently, construction has picked up. Owners haven’t given an opening date, but expect it in the first part of 2019.
Greek restaurant, Doglas and Main: Businessman Sophokles Anthimides is planning a big Greek restaurant on the lowest level of Century Plaza at Douglas and Main. The restaurant will take the space where the Lancer’s Club operated years ago. A possible name: Dionysus.
Braum’s, 37th and Maize: A new Braum’s is supposed to open sometime this year at Fox
Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil
Wichita will be drinking tiki by spring at Lava & Tonic.