WI­CHITA’S DE­SIRE FOR GER­MAN FOOD CON­FIRMED BY OVER­WHELM­ING FIRST FEW DAYS AT PROST

The Wichita Eagle - - Dining/things To Do - BY DENISE NEIL [email protected]­chi­taea­gle.com

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.

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