Three restaurant openings
Squeezer’s Palace, 828 W. 11th St.: The colorful walk-up ice cream spot in Riverside that opened last summer then closed for the winter, recently reopened. Owner Kirk David has added a few offerings to his original menu, which included ice cream and yogurt creations, frozen bananas and smoothies. New to the spring menu: Hot dogs, tea, fresh juices and coffee supplied by Il Primo, the coffee shop at 6422 E. Central. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, call 316-425-3832.
Air Capital Grill, 233 N. Mosley: Matthew Carr opened his Air Capital Grill in early March but had a rough first weekend of business. A deadly shooting happened just in front of the restaurant the Friday after it opened in the spot formerly occupied by Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, and it was blocked off to customers throughout the next day. But the restaurant has made a nice recovery over the past several weeks, Carr said. It specializes in steaks, pastas, salads, sandwiches and burgers and already has a steady stream of regulars. A Sunday morning brunch buffet has been popular, too. Air Capital Grill’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-262-2472
Pita Pit, 3242 N. Rock Road: Pita Pit, which opened and then closed several years ago at 320 N. Rock Road, will get new Rock Road life, likely next week. Owner/operator Cammy Onek plans to open a new Pita Pit in the spot formerly occupied by Froz. She’s tentatively planning an April 6 opening. The restaurant serves healthy sandwiches in pitas and has several new menu additions since it was last open, including buffalo chicken. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-201-4748.
Febres wants to be on T.V.
Local chef Jason Febres, who originally opened Sabor and now owns Taste & See at 3825 E. Harry, wants to be on television. Specifically, he wants to be on Food Network’s “Chopped.” The Venezuelan chef has filled out an application for the show and took the advice of an industry expert, who told him to get a video made and get it viewed. To see his video, visit the blogs.kansas.com/dining and search for Febres. The chef’s goal is to get as many people as possible to view the video in hopes that it will boost his chances, and he’ll need all the help he can get. Contestants on shows such as “Chopped” usually come from cities such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. “I have always wanted to do one of those shows,” Febres said. “I know at some point, I will find a way.”