1. Westside Ciao is open: Wichita’s second Ciao Italian Kitchen is now open in the space at 2121 N. Tyler Road vacated when Tommy’s closed in April. It serves lunch and dinner and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. It serves the same menu of homey Italian food as the eastside Ciao, which opened a year ago at 1720 N. Webb. For more information, call 316-616-2426.
2. Cathy’s Westway Cafe expands hours: Cathy’s Westway Cafe, the diner that took over the space at 1214 W. Pawnee in August after the short-lived On the Fly Family Restaurant closed, will start experimenting with 24-hour weekend service starting on Friday. Owner Cathy Hetterscheidt, who has operated several restaurants around town, including the former Cathy’s Diner at 206 E. Kellogg, said there’s a demand for dining among the third-shift working crowd, especially between 2 and 4 a.m. She’s had several customers ask her to provide it, she said. Her new hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Then, she’ll open at 6 a.m. on Fridays and remain open until 2 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant specializes in breakfast dishes and items such as country fried steak. For more information, call the restaurant at 316-260-8787.
3. Schwarma truck is on hold: Local diners are pretty excited for Melad Stephan’s schwarma truck to join the fleet of mobile food businesses in Wichita. But they’re going to have to wait a little longer. Though he initially said he’d open the mobile Mediterranean food court this fall, Stephan now says he’s going to have to put it off until January. He has the truck, Stephan says, but he’s working on getting it painted and outfitted. His son, Jordan, will run it along with a local chef who Stephan is not ready to name yet. The truck will serve chicken and beef schwarma, falafel, hummus, fries, fattouch salads and more.