Three restaurant updates
Nathan Toubia’s new job
Chef Nathan Toubia, who closed his popular Bocconcini Italian Eatery in August, has a new job – working for someone else. Toubia has accepted a job as the head chef at the new Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe, a beautifully decorated bakery and restaurant that Thao Luu opened in August at 550 N. Rock Road. Luu has been rethinking her menu since opening, and Toubia is going to focus right away on breakfast, lunch and brunch. He plans to make some of the items he used to serve for brunch at Bocconcini, such as ricotta pancakes and duck hash.
He’ll also have a lunch menu with sandwiches such as Italian roast beef. Luu also wants him to develop a dinner menu, but they’ve agreed to work on the daytime meals first. Toubia has been running his original restaurant, Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central, since closing Bocconcini. He says he plans to leave that restaurant in the hands of his staff – as he did when Bocconcini was open – so that he can focus on his new job. He says he will have to end the weekend dinners he recently started serving at Bocco Deli. Toubia will officially start his new job at Birds on the Roof next week. Its hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-558-8288.
More businesses serving Thanksgiving to go
Last week, The Eagle published a story about restaurants and specialty grocers who are offering to cook your Thanksgiving turkey, ham or whole meal – for a price. Since then, we’ve learned of two more good offers. One is a sumptuous-sounding full-meal menu from Green Acres that offers a choice of roasted organic turkey, ham or prime rib plus lots of sides. The other is a meal from vegan restaurant Garden Grill Cafe, which will not only cook meat-free deliciousness but also is willing to deliver it on Wednesday. To read the details on these two meals and to see the full list, visit blogs.kansas.com/dining and search for “ How to have Thanksgiving dinner and never cook a thing.”