1. Rock Island Pizza Co.: Recent Wichita State University graduates Robert McMullin and Kevin Groom hope to open their new restaurant at 535 W. Douglas in January or February. They'll specialize in Quad Cities-style pizza, which features a hand-tossed, malt-enriched crust that's not too thick and not too thin.
2. Bella Donna redux: Local businessman and Chester's Chophouse owner Wink Hartman has snatched chef Jeremy Wade away from Ben Arnold's A.V.I. He's asked Wade to help him open a new restaurant in his former Bella Donna space at 2121 N. Webb. The restaurant is still in the planning stages.
3. Wok Hey: Kwan Wah owner Andy Diec plans to open a new restaurant called Wok Hey at 1444 N. Maize Road in September. It'll feature cook-to-order Chinese favorites.
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A liquor lapse
Don't count on having sake with your sushi or Cabernet with your crab rangoon at Kwan Court . The restaurant at 1443 N. Rock Road let its liquor license lapse accidentally, said an employee at the restaurant, which has been dry for about three weeks. She said that the restaurant hopes to have everything straightened out and the license renewed within a week or two.
Carrie B's was been a bar since the early 1980s. Now it's a barbecue joint. The business, which has always been attached to the Wichita Inn, moved across Kellogg with the hotel seven years ago and kept its regular crowd.
But when the smoking ban took effect, business took a hit. Owners recently decided to start serving barbecue and now are calling the business Carrie B's Bar and BBQ. They're serving ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausages and smoking all the meat themselves.
They also created their own rubs and sauces and hired longtime chef-about-town Randy Hare to do the cooking. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. It's at 6339 W. Kellogg. Call 316-260-8550 for more information.