Three new restaurants
Bite Me BBQ, 132 N. St. Francis, 316-729-2904: Coleman Lockett just completed the move of his restaurant from 151st Street West and Kellogg in Goddard to downtown Wichita. The restaurant opened in its new gigantic space on Monday and is serving traditional barbecue favorites plus a few unexpected items (deep fried lobster! mountain oysters!). While it waits for its liquor license, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Once the license is obtained, which Lockett predicts will take a couple of weeks, he’ll extend the hours to 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Dragon City, 3008 W. Central, 316-941-9966: Originally, Zhiyong Liu planned to call his new Chinese restaurant Beijing. But there’s already a Beijing in town, he discovered, so he decided to call the new restaurant Dragon City. Liu, whose brother is Great Wall founder Benny Liu, recently opened Dragon City in the former Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar/Maharaja space. It offers Great Wall-esque Chinese dishes available for both dine-in and carryout. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. To see a menu, visit blogs.kansas.com/dining and search for “Dragon City.”
Walt’s Old Tyme Hamburgers, 7732 E. Central, 316-260-2526. This new burger spot is owned by Heather Kent, whose father Larry Doss has the Walt’s Great American Sports Bar & Grill at 7732 E. Central. It opened a few weeks ago in the former Smashburger spot at 3570 N. Woodlawn and features burgers, hand-cut fries, shakes, malts, hot dogs and more. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
All the food trucks in one spot
Wichita’s three food trucks are coming together Sunday to help raise money for victims of the recent tornado in Wichita. The Flying Stove, MMM Sandwiches and B.S. Sandwich Press all will be set up in the parking lot of the Wichita Ice Center from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. They’ll participate in the center’s Thunder Tailgate Party, which lasts from noon to 4 p.m. and also includes a live band. The three food trucks will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to tornado relief efforts.
Two food events
Two adult beverage-oriented events are coming up next week. Blooms, Brews & Bloody Marys, which doubles as Botanica’s 25th Anniversary kick-off party, will include a beer tasting by River City Brewery and a bloody mary competition among local bars and restaurants such as The Anchor, The Candle Club, Heroes, AVI, Newport Grill, Scotch & Sirloin and The Vagabond. The event also will feature food by The Flying Stove and music by Spirit of the Stairs. It’s at 6:30 p.m. May 4, and tickets are $40 a person. Mke your reservations by visiting Botanica’s website at http://www.botanica.org.
Also, Chester’s Chophouse chef Bobby Lane is putting on a VinoBurger cookbook tasting event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event will be on Chester’s patio and is $40 a person. Lane will prepare two burgers of his own, as well as two from the VinoBurger cookbook. The event includes five wine and four burger samples. RSVPs must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.