Restaurant News & Reviews

October 31, 2012

Three opportunities to drink and eat in Wichita

Three opportunities to drink and eat


Pig Out Swine & Wine dinner: This wine dinner, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead, will feature all the best parts of the pig, including a pig ear salad, crisp pork belly and bacon and maple gelato. It costs $35 a person, and three of the courses will be paired with wine. For reservations and information, call 316-440-5000.


Tallgrass Beer Dinner: Also in Old Town, Caffe Moderne at 300 N. Mead will put on a dinner Thursday featuring beer from Manhattan’s Tallgrass Brewing Company. It’s $35 a person and starts at 7 p.m. For information and reservations, call 316-260-1199.


Cooking with Chef Aaron: Chef Aaron Whitcomb of Denver, who is the executive chef for Newport Grill, put on a popular cooking class this summer and will make a return visit to Cooking At Bonnie’s Place, 9747 E. 21st St., on Nov. 15. Whitcomb’s dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., and attendees get to see him prepare a meal and then sample it for themselves. They also get the recipes. He’ll post the menu soon. Admission is $55 a person. Make reservations at

Quick bites

Owners close Red Barn, plan new restaurant

The Red Barn, which had operated on the east side of Lake Afton since 2010, had its final wedding last weekend, and the owner, state Sen. Dick Kelsey, is putting the building up for auction Nov. 12. Michael Rodriguez, who has run a restaurant in the building with his family, is planning a new Mexican restaurant, said his son, Gerard Rodriguez. They’re not ready to announce details yet but will soon. It won’t be downtown, Gerard Rodriguez said, but will be “near.” In the meantime, the family is focusing on its new restaurants in Wichita’s core, including Anna Murdoc’s Cafe, which opened in July and Gerard Rodriguez runs, and the new R Coffeehouse, which his brother, Angelo Rodriguez, opened in the old Riverside Perk space a few weeks ago. Michael Rodriguez is hopping between the restaurants while he works on his new place.

West Jimmy John’s will open in December

The west side’s first Jimmy John’s should open by December, said franchisee Matt Brane. He originally told The Eagle last year that he hoped to have the new restaurant, which is going up next to Applebee’s on 21st Street just west of Maize Road, open by spring. But the delay was intentional. Brane said he decided he’d like the traffic-choking road construction that took place at 21st and Maize this summer to be complete before he opened.

“We decided we didn’t want the west-side customers associating our sandwiches with that west-side chaos,” he said. The road construction is complete, though, and construction on the building is moving along nicely, Brane said. The parking lot is finished, and the brick is going on the building. The restaurant will be Wichita’s fourth Jimmy John’s. The other three are at 340 N. Rock Road, 3300 N. Rock Road and 517 N. Hillside.

Denise Neil

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