Three new places going into old spaces
Deano’s Grill & Tapworks, replacing Louie’s Grill and Bar, 9747 E. 21st St.: This new bar and grill will go into the old Louie’s Grill and Bar at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb sometime this fall. It’ll be a sports grill with live entertainment and lots of televisions 60 inches or larger.
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Pho Cuong, replacing Koi Fusion, 6605 E. 37th St. North: The last day in business for Asian eatery Koi Fusion was Wednesday, but there’s already a new restaurant planned for the space. Cuong Huynh, who previously owned a Vietnamese restaurant in Fort Smith, Ark., is remodeling and hopes to open Pho Cuong sometime in September. It’ll have table service and specialize in Vietnamese pho and noodle dishes.
Yo-Bs, replacing Luca Italian Kitchen: Melad Stephan’s upscale Italian restaurant in Old Town Square has closed, and Cafe Bel Ami owner Nabil Bacha will take over the space with Yo-Bs, a burger and custard restaurant. Yo-Bs is the name he’s tentatively settled on. He plans to open the new restaurant within two to four months.
Bocconcini Italian Eatery is closed
It’s a sad day for fans of pillowy ravioli and pork saltimbocca. Nathan Toubia last week closed his Bocconcini Italian Eatery at 4811 E. Central. He plans to keep his Bocco Deli open at 3010 E. Central and focus his energy there. Toubia, the son of Latour founder Antoine Toubia, opened Bocconcini in August of 2011, and it was instantly popular with foodies.
On Labor Day weekend of last year, Toubia suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident. Since then, he said, he’s struggled personally and financially. In June, Toubia cut out his weekday lunch hours. Though business had picked back up recently, he still had to make the hard decision, he said. “I hate to see it go, but also, for me personally, I need to be balanced,” he said. “I think it’s better to cut ties and focus more on the deli.”
Cake Face sells trailer to Rolling Dough
Cake Face, the food truck owned by Summer and Dave Schoenhals, needs more space, so the couple recently purchased a larger truck to replace the trailer they’ve used since opening last July.
The new truck is 18 feet by 8 feet and is one piece with the truck cab, just like the Flying Stove’s. The Schoenhals sold their 6-by-14-foot trailer to The Rolling Dough, a pizza food truck that Joseph and Cherre Nestelroad plan to open in September. They’ll have a wood-fired oven in the truck and hope to be open for Friday dinners, Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch.
The Schoenhals will take three to four weeks to get their new rig fixed up, then will turn the trailer over to the Nestelroads.
For now, the Cake Facers’ previous plans to open a stationary retail space are on hold. The deal they thought they had worked out fell through, and finding a different space has proven difficult, Summer said. The larger truck will give them the work and storage space they need to be out on the streets more.
Cake Face also has started selling some of its baked goods at businesses around town. Espresso to Go Go and Cero’s already carry some of their items, and Food For Thought will begin offering some soon.
To check the Cake Face schedule, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/cakefacebakeshop. And to follow along with The Rolling Dough progress, follow its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RollingDoughWichita.