From tiki drinks to Coney dogs, new restau­rants com­ing in 2019

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY DENISE NEIL

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

Ridge Plaza.

Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil

Wi­chita Ea­gle file photo

Wi­chita will be drink­ing tiki by spring at Lava & Tonic.

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