Three restaurant updates
Kosta the Greek’s last day in business will be Tuesday. Owner Kosta Kiosses announced earlier this month that he was closing the business at 2308 S. Meridian because there wasn’t enough traffic in the neighborhood to keep it going. After the restaurant closes, fans of its traditional Greek food still will be able to special orders for party-size servings of favorites such as spanakopita, pastichio, stuffed grape leaves and and more. The menu and pricing is on the restaurant’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/KostaTheGreek. For information, call 316-260-3230.
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Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas is expected to open on Friday. Owners Ruben an Anita Acosta have had the restaurant transit since April, when it moved out of its spot at the corner of Douglas and McLean (which has since been demolished)/ The Acostas originally hoped to be reopen last spring, but a long list of delays slowed them down. The new restaurant will have an upgraded dining room and Ruben’s already familiar menu of Tex-Mex favorites. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-262-2412.
Big B’s Beef should complete its move to 605 W. Douglas, right next to Hatman Jack’s, by Dec. 2. Owners Liz and Brian Bathgate are moving the restaurant from its original spot at 4628 S. Seneca, and they’re nearly done. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and will offer delivery to businesses in Delano and downtown. Big B’s serves Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef and gyros and will add soups and salads. For more information, call 316-522-2333.
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.”