New restaurant news
Molino’s Mexican Cuisine, 1064 N. Waco: Mario Quiroz, former owner of the popular Frida’s, which closed at 1580 W 21st St. in 2010, will reopen a version of the restaurant in the former Las Tias de Beto spot, right next to Juarez Bakery. He hopes to have it ready by the end of April and will serve everything he used to serve at Frida’s and then some. He’ll have the piratas, the tacos, the salsa bar and will add other dishes. He’s also making the restaurant full-service rather than order-at-the-counter. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Au Paris-Bruxelles, 3700 E. Douglas: This French and Belgian restaurant will open in the old John Browns space in Clifton Square in June. Florence and Didier Fraikin are relocating from Belgium to open the restaurant. They’ve visited the United States several times through the years and say they have dreamed of opening a restaurant here, too. This means that Mortimer’s Piano Bar, which Kevin Brown and Tracy Fahrbach had previously announced they’d open in the space, won’t go there. Several calls in the past few months to Brown have gone unreturned. Florence is a graduate in cooking arts of the Citadel in Namur, Belgium. The couple also has a restaurant in France, located one hour south of Paris, called Le Vieux Bruxelles. The restaurant will offer Belgian specialties such as fish soup, terrines and salad nicoise. They’ll also have French specialties such as boeuf Bourguignon.
Espresso To Go Go, Douglas and St. Francis: The mobile coffee shop that Warren and Ann Tandoc opened last August will move into a permanent location starting in May. It’ll be in a tiny 650-square-foot space in the corner of the Zelman Lofts building at Douglas and St. Francis, so it’s not really designed for lingering. The couple plan to keep the name Espresso To Go Go because they’ll still specialize in coffee to go, though there will be about 10 bar stools for those who want to sip-in. The menu will offer the same gourmet coffee drinks that the truck serves, from lattes to espressos. They’ll also have a limited number of food items from their friends at Cake Face, another food truck that’s planning to park. As for the trailer, a 1973 Airstream Land Yacht: It’s a little too large and gas-hungry for the Tandocs, it turns out. They’re looking for a place to park it so that it could serve as a second drive-through location. But nothing’s turning up, so if they don’t find a space soon, they’ll try to sell it.
Death by Chocolate is Saturday
Exploration Place’s seventh annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser is a wonderland of chocolate-y goodness. It includes unlimited chocolate creations from places such as Cocoa Dolce, Cake Face, Cero’s Candies, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and more. There also are non-sweet appetizers, adult beverages, a silent auction and live music by Travis Stewart and the Cessna Jazz Band. It’s from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are $80 a person at www.exploration.org or by calling 316-660-0620.
Ham and beans and stew
The Wichita West Side Lions club is putting on a ham and beans and stew dinner Saturday to raise money for charitable projects. The dinner will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ARC building, 2919 W. Second St. The event will also include a silent auction. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 10 and under 4 at the door. Take-out orders also are available. For more information, call 316-838-3608.