Three food businesses on the way
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: If you’ve been out to the Waterfront at 13th and Webb lately, you might have noticed the fancy new restaurant that’s almost finished. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is scheduled to open Oct. 7. The restaurant chain was started by Wichitan and Lone Star Steakhouse founder Dennis Thompson and some partners, and it will serve steaks and other wood-fired dishes such as fish, seafood, chicken and burgers. Firebirds will be open for lunch and dinner.
Cravings Gluten Free Bakery: When Danielle Brittian’s doctor advised her to try a gluten-free diet last year, she wasn’t thrilled. A lifelong lover of baked goods, her bread and sweets cravings were severe. Her husband, Brett, advised she take her frustration to the kitchen. Now, Brittian is about to open Cravings Gluten Free Bakery in a spot next to the old John Brown’s in Clifton Square, 3700 E. Douglas. She hopes to have it open in early October and will sell gluten-free cookies, breads, brownies, cupcakes and more. She also makes doughnuts, in apple cinnamon and blueberry flavors. In the meantime, she is selling her gluten-free baked goods at the Old Town Farmers Market.
Oliver’s Little Italy: The new restaurant will open at noon Friday in the former Angelo’s building at 1930 S. Oliver. The buffet will be offered until 3 p.m. On Thursday, owners will begin a dinner service that lasts from 4 to 9 p.m. After that, hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for the lunch buffet, and 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for dinner. Owner Dyan Gordon says she hopes to add a Sunday lunch soon. For more information, call 316-260-6395.
Midwest Beerfest: Get your dinner tickets now
The Midwest Beerfest’s signature event — its grand tasting inside Century II on Sept. 21 – is still more than a week away. (We’ll have more details about it in next week’s Go! section.) But if you want to attend the equally beer-rific events that precede it on Friday, Sept. 20, you’ll need to act soon. The Beerfest puts on three beer dinners that happen concurrently at venues around town, and they usually sell out. They’re fun and informative, and each one costs $55 a person. This year, the Boulevard Brewing Company will put on a dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport. Another one will be at the Wichita Marriott and will feature beers by Smithwicks and Guinness. And Larkspur’s beer dinner will be hosted by Peace Tree Brewing Co. out of Knoxville, Iowa. Each beer dinner features guest hosts from the breweries. The multi-course menus for the dinners can be seen at www.midwestbeerfest.com. Tickets are available there or by calling 316-682-5502.
Arena adding Guitar Bar
A new bar under construction on the concourse at Intrust Bank Arenawill offer patrons a chance to admire autographed instruments and possibly watch artists at play. The Guitar Bar will be on the east side of the main concourse by sections 122/123. Arena officials hope it will be open in time for either the Blake Shelton concert on Oct. 5 or the Eagles on Oct. 7. The arena staff has been planning the bar for a year and has been gathering signed guitars from visiting artists that will be displayed in glass on the walls. They have 18 cases and already have guitars signed by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown and more. The bar also will feature a giant guitar hanging from the ceiling. The bar will feature a set of bar stools that look out over the arena’s loading dock, and sometimes, fans will be able to see artists and their crews below doing what they do pre-show. It’ll serve drinks only, including specialty cocktails.