Three new restaurants
The Hill Bar & Grill: It’s opening a week later than they’d hoped, but the new bar and grill owned by Brent and Brad Steven is expected to open for business on Monday in the former Barrier’s space at 4800 E. Douglas. The brothers, who also own nearby Mike’s Wine Dive, describe their restaurant as an ale house that focuses on craft beer and American fare. Hours will be 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Kabob House: Bizhan Parsa opened his Persian kabob restaurant at 7038 E. Lincoln about three months ago. He serves grilled beef and chicken kabobs plus items such as steamed basmati rice, vegetable soups and Persian salads. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
Banh Mi Ngon Bakery & Deli: This new Vietnamese deli will open no later than next week in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn. The restaurant, which sits right next door to Cafe Asia, will sell Vietnamese sandwiches, homemade bread, boba tea, Vietnamese coffee and more. “Ngon” means “delicious” in Vietnamese.
Popmobile rolls into town on Saturday
It’s not the Weinermobile. And it’s not the Popemobile. It’s the Popmobile, and it’ll be in Wichita on Saturday passing out free samples of Popchips, the snack chips that have been popping up all over Wichita lately. The Popmobile will be passing out samples at Lucinda’s at 329 N. Mead in Old Town Square at 2 p.m., and then at 3:30 p.m., it will roll over to Old Cowtown Museum. 1865 W. Museum Blvd., to do the same thing. Popchips are sold at Dillons, Target, World Market and Walgreens and come in flavors such as barbecue, sea salt and vinegar, sweet potato and chili lime. For more information on Popchips, visit www.popchips.com.
Smallcakes: A Cupcakery
Smallcakes: A Cupcakery has just opened at 8338 E. 21st St. in the Shops at Tallgrass and is celebrating its grand opening with all sorts of sweet specials. The store serves 20 cupcake flavors each day and also offers whoopie pies, cookies, brownies and more. Smallcakes is a chain that has stores across the country. It was founded by Jeff Martin, who gained baking fame after appearing on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” The local franchise holder is Lexi Bruner, who also owns the nearby Hugs & Hissyfits. The store is known for its signature pink chocolate and pink vanilla cupcakes. Other flavors include red velvet, peanut butter cup, caramel crunch, cookies and creme, birthday cake, orange creamsicle, strawberries and creme, lemon poppy, German chocolate and pineapple coconut. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the store at 316-685-2253.
Reverie teaching coffee aroma, tasting
Reverie Coffee Roasters, a new coffee roasting/brewing shop at 2611 E. Douglas, is putting on a coffee aroma and tasting workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The hands-on workshop will be led by head roaster Rebecca McNelly and will include a formal coffee “cupping” and brewing technique demonstrations. Samples will be provided, and participants will get a copy of “33 Coffees” that will allow them to record tasting notes at home, plus a half-pound of coffee and 10 percent off anything in the store. Tickets are $35 and available at Reverie or over the phone by calling 316-616-4362.