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Luca Italian Kitchen closes; YO-Bs to open

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  • Published Friday, August 2, 2013, at 4:49 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, August 2, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.

WICHITA — Melad Stephan has sold his Luca Italian Kitchen.

Another downtown restaurateur, Nabil Bacha, took possession of it this afternoon.

"We wanted to bring something a bit different," says Bacha, who owns Cafe Bel Ami at 229 E. William.

He considered doing something possibly called Bel Ami Bistro, which would have been similar to Stephan's popular Uptown Bistro that was at the entrance to Old Town Square before Luca.

Bacha decided that's too much like what is already in Old Town, though.

"They're all competing against each other," he says of sit-down restaurants there. "There's just too many."

Bacha decided to go another route with yogurt, custard and one really, really tasty burger, which he says will be similar to the popular In-N-Out Burger on the West Coast.

The name is tentatively YO-Bs, for yogurt and burgers.

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