Restaurant News & Reviews

October 24, 2013

On the side (Oct. 25)

Three restaurant updates


Beard Papa’s, Towne East Square: Beard Papa’s is a cream puff store that opened a week ago inside Towne East Square, just outside Dillard’s on the upper level. The chain was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1999 and is big all over that region. So far, there are 35 stores in the United States, and all of them are on the West Coast. Local businessman Jack Fukuda has the Wichita franchise, which is the first in the Midwest, he said. Beard Papa’s allows people to customize their own cream puffs. The shells are ready, and customers choose which flavor they want inside. Options include vanilla custard, green tea, caramel and more. Beard Papa’s also has other pastries and serves coffee, espresso, tea and frozen coffee drinks. It’s open the same hours that Towne East is. For more information, visit Wichita’s Beard Papa’s Facebook page or call 316-613-2233.


Deano’s Grill & Tapworks, 9747 E. 21st St.: This upscale “sports lounge” opened in the old Louie’s Grill and Bar space on Thursday. It’s a sports bar, said managing partner Tina Giles, but it is fancier and more comfortable than is typical. It’ll have 22 big screens, 23 beers on tap and a menu of entrees made fresh daily, such as pizzas, burgers, steaks and more. The hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-977-7107.


Ruben’s Mexican Grill, 915 W. Douglas : They’d originally hoped to have their relocated restaurant open by Oct. 15. A few construction delays mean that it could be Nov. 15, though Ruben Acosta said he’s hoping for earlier. Owners Ruben and his wife, Anita, started their move from their longtime spot at the corner of Douglas and McLean back in April.

Quick bites

Dining With Denise is on Facebook

If you sometimes forget to check the Dining With Denise blog (, there’s now a more convenient way to keep up with the latest dining news in Wichita. This week, a Dining With Denise Facebook page was created. Go to and “like” the page to get its content to show up in your feed. It’ll include links to the blog plus lots of bonus information, question of the week and more.

Learn to cook like Tanya

Those who want to learn to cook like Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas, will have many opportunities through the fall. The chef is putting on a series of demonstration-style evening cooking classes that include dinner, recipes and one glass of wine. The classes are $45 a person and start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday nights at the restaurant. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first class was on Monday night, and students learned how to prepare fall soups and stews, including a chipotle cheese soup. Monday’s class will cover Northern Italian cuisine, and Tandoc also will offer classes on Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. For a complete list, visit the Tanya’s Soup Kitchen Facebook page. Those who want to make reservations should not call the restaurant but should call 316-631-5973.

Spooky Food Trucks gather Sunday

The local food truckers are continuing their tradition of gathering in one place on the final Sunday of the month. The October gathering has a Halloween theme and is called Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains. It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the fountains at WaterWalk. The truckers have invited a live band to perform, and kids are invited to attend in costume and collect free candy at the trucks. On the roster: The Flying Stove, Let’m Eat Brats, B.S. Sandwich Press, Cake Face and the new pizza truck The Rolling Dough. The WaterWalk is at 515 S. Main.

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