Locals don’t often stay in hotels in their own cities, and hotels don’t often build restaurants that are visible to locals from the street.
In Wichita, that means that diners sometimes forget about some of the city’s best restaurants.
But the fancy new Ambassador Wichita hotel scheduled to open at Douglas and Broadway in December might help undo that.
Siena Tuscan Steakhouse will open on the ground floor of the hotel when it’s finished in December. It’ll be a fine-dining restaurant featuring an upscale interior visible through floor-to-ceiling windows facing Douglas.
The restaurant’s primary goal is to attract business travelers, manager Michael Frimel said, but many of its regular customers will be Wichitans grabbing a business lunch, stopping in for after-work happy hour or having dinner before an event at nearby venues.
The restaurant doesn’t have a menu yet. Owners are interviewing executive chefs, and once one is hired, he or she will develop the menu, which will feature steaks, fresh salads and upscale Italian items.
The 2,400-square-foot restaurant will have eating for 100 and a 500-square-foot patio facing Douglas. Restaurant-goers will be allowed access to the hotel’s parking garage.
Many aspects of the restaurant, especially its placement on a visible downtown corner, were designed to help the restaurant avoid being forgotten by residents, Frimel said.
“I think Wichita will really embrace this restaurant,” he said. “If someone is looking at us as a hotel, it will be an amenity for the hotel, but the restaurant will be marketed as a separate entity to the locals as a great place before going to the Orpheum or the arena or Century II.”
Here are some of Wichita’s other hotel restaurants that locals shouldn’t forget about:
Chef Paul Freimuth, who arrived in Wichita in January 2011, is a regular on the charity party circuit, often cooking for fundraisers that feature local restaurants. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Dinner is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.