Three new restaurants in Delano
Wimpys Burgers, 1713 W. Douglas : This restaurant, which specializes in White Castle-style square burgers, opened on the day after Thanksgiving in the former British Banger Company building at 1713 W. Douglas. Owned by Bridgette Carr and named after the burger-loving character in “Popeye,” Wimpys also serves fries, onion rings, fried pickles, hot dogs and chili cheese dogs. The small dining room has about 12 seats, but most people take their food to go. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call 316-260-9531.
Ruben’s Mexican Grill , 915 W. Douglas: Ruben and Anita Acosta have finally completed the move of their restaurant to its new location several blocks to the west on Douglas and will celebrate with grand opening activities on Dec. 20. All day that day, they’ll be serving specials and will give customers 10 percent off their bills. Ruben’s is open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-260-8045.
Big B’s Beef, 605 W. Douglas: The restaurant that formerly operated at 4628 S. Seneca relocated to Delano and opened this week. Brian and Liz Bathgate are the owners of the restaurant, which specializes in Chicago-style sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, soups and Italian beef and sausage. For more information, call 316-522-2333.
Sakura to close but may relocate
Sakura Japanese Restaurant, which has served sushi and other Japanese fare at 7820 E. Harry since 2006, will close at the end of business on Dec. 31. The lease on the space is up, said owner Ernice Low, and she wants to move the business elsewhere. She hasn’t been able to find a new place yet but says her plan is to relocate the restaurant. For now, she says, she’s going to rest while she searches. Call 316-613-2828 for more information.
Local chef’s Food Network appearance airs Sunday
The episode of Guy Fieri’s new Food Network show featuring Wichita chef Jason Febres, who owns the new Taste & See in Old Town, airs on Sunday, a network spokesman said. “Guy’s Grocery Games” is set in a grocery store, and each episode pits four chefs against one another to compete in cooking challenges with levels of difficulty thrown in. Febres filmed the show last summer. It airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on Food Network, cable Channel 40 in Wichita. The episode is called “Holly Jolly Meals,” and judges include Richard Blais of “Top Chef” fame. Meanwhile, Febres has traveled back to California to participate in another Food Network show, though he’s not saying which one yet. He has, however, been hinting about it repeatedly on the Taste & See Facebook page. These aren’t Febres’ first TV gigs, either. Back in March, he appeared as a kitchen coach on an episode of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”