Wichita’s next round of restaurants built from the ground up

06/13/2012 5:00 AM

06/14/2012 2:34 PM

Alert Wichita diners always hope that a construction zone in a commercial area means that a new restaurant is coming.

These days, they’re doing a lot of hoping.

From east to west, bulldozers and backhoes are busy on sites that soon will house new places to drink and dine.

Following is a list of some of the most noticeable restaurant construction sites and what’s planned for them:

•  Coffee Bug, 3123 N. Rock Road: Wichita’s most advanced construction site is this one, which sits next to the new Popeye’s. The tiny bug-of-a-building will house a drive-through-only coffee shop that’s scheduled to open June 28. Its menu features a lengthy list of both hot and cold, sweet and not-sweet coffee creations, as well as a few food items, including a ham and cheese “cinnawich,” which is a hot cinnamon roll filled with ham and cheese. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. The coffee shop’s phone number will be 316-719-2284.
•  BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Kellogg and Rock: This building for this new restaurant, scheduled to open July 19, is alarmingly large and sits on the northwest corner of Kellogg and Rock, just south of Logan’s Roadhouse. Large scaffolding covers the front of the nearly-done restaurant, and the backside is bricked and painted. Piles of dirt and construction equipment are scattered about the area, which is surrounded by construction fencing. BJ’s is a California-based chain that specializes in handcrafted beers, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and more. Those who’ve eaten at BJs in other cities speak highly of them. You can view a full menu at www.bjsbrewhouse.com.
•  Chick-fil-A, 10515 W. 21st St.: Motorists stuck in the road construction at 21st and Maize have had the opportunity to watch Wichita’s second Chick-fil-A go up brick-by-brick. The exterior is nearly complete, and crews are now working on the interior and the parking lot. The grand opening is scheduled for July 26, which means the all-night campout that will award free Chick-fil-A for a year to the first 100 people through the door should happen on July 25. Wichita’s first Chick-fil-A opened this spring at 7990 E. Central.
•  NuWay, 2135 W. 21st St.: It all happened so quickly. It seemed as though one day, the former Lotus Garden building disappeared, and the next, a new one started going up. As of early this week, the structure of Wichita’s soon-to-be-new NuWay was up, its unfinished walls glaringly white. The restaurant, which will be the sixth Wichita NuWay, should open in September. It will be 1,800 square feet and have a drive-though window.
•  Jimmy John’s, 21st Street west of Maize Road: The NewMarket Square Jimmy John’s sandwich shop should rise from the ground any day. Building permits have been secured, and construction should be underway soon. It’s scheduled to open in early fall. Wichita already has three Jimmy John’s — at 3300 N. Rock Road, 517 N. Hillside and 340 N. Rock Road.
•  Longhorn Steakhouse, Kellogg and Towne East Mall Drive: Right now, it’s just a giant lot of dirt with piles of lumber and the beginning of a cement block structure jutting up. But by this fall, Laham Development’s newest development should be up and have its first tenant — Longhorn Steakhouse. The restaurant, whose first Wichita location opened in December at 2720 N. Maize Rd., is scheduled to open in September in a 6,200 square foot building that will seat around 240 diners.

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