The owner of Red Bean's at 7447 W. 21st St. (316-721-4100) is trying to "reposition" the restaurant to help people understand that it serves more than just Cajun food. Among the recent changes made by owner Bill Rowe:
1. New name: The restaurant serves both Cajun and Mexican food (dishes that were added to the Red Bean's menu after its former sister restaurant, Red Mesa, closed). To reflect that menu diversity, the restaurant shall henceforth be known as Red Bean's Bayou Grill and Bar: A Texas/Louisiana Border Joint.
2. New dishes: The restaurant is increasing its Texas flavor by offering a few new dishes, including a sirloin steak, pork barbecue, a barbecue sandwich and hot links.
3. New sign: Red Bean's got a snazzy new logo and sign, which was put up a couple of weeks ago.
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Yia Yia's turns 15
Yia Yia's, the upscale Eurobistro at 8115 E. 21st St., is celebrating its 15th year in business today by inviting back 11-piece cover band Atlantic Express, which also performed the very first night the restaurant was open back in March 1995. As part of the celebration, Yia Yia's will offer $5 martinis all day. For more information, call 316-634-1000.
Even more sushi
Tsu Basa, a new restaurant that offers Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi and Japanese-style noodles, opened Wednesday in the former Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta space at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock. It'll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-682-6556.
Catfish and more
Patrone is a new restaurant at 2734 Boulevard Plaza (off Lincoln) that specializes in burgers, fish, shrimp and fried catfish. It's a mostly-carryout place, though there are tables available for dine-in customers. It's owned by local restaurateur Kelvin Cameron and his sons. Patrone is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and is closed Sundays. For more information, call 316-681-1121.