WICHITA’S DESIRE FOR GERMAN FOOD CONFIRMED BY OVERWHELMING FIRST FEW DAYS AT PROST
Wichita was ready for German food. At least, that’s the conclusion that can be safely drawn from the first few crazy days at Prost — the new German restaurant that Manu and Austin English opened just before Thanksgiving at the new Revolutsia open-air shipping container mall at Central and Volutsia.
When they flung the doors open, the crush of business was so overwhelming that the couple had to close the restaurant the following day and then abbreviate its hours. Now, a little more than a week later, they’ve made some changes that they think will help, including closing for a couple of hours between lunch and dinner.
It’s a good problem to have, the couple admits, though it caught them a bit off guard. They’re asking customers for patience as they navigate their new business in an all-new and unusual setting — stacked shipping containers turned into a restaurant.
“It will be great once we kind of iron out our wrinkles and get it all mastered,” Austin English said. “Everyone was over the moon about the way it New German restaurant Prost had a crazy opening.
looked, the feel of the restaurant and the atmosphere.”
People have been patient and understanding, even though food delivery the first few days took longer than Manu, who was in the kitchen with her staff cooking up the German dishes she grew up eating, would have liked. The Englishes cook everything from scratch, and their kitchen staff is populated with students from Butler Community College’s culinary arts program, where their son is studying. None of them had ever cooked authentic German food before.
The couple says they don’t want to sacrifice the food’s quality for the sake of speed, but they already have some ideas about ways they can make things move more quickly.
The restaurant’s new hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.