Wichita has gained two new bars over the last couple of weeks, and an old one has reopened after closing down for a couple of months.
Cleats Sports Bar & Grill opened a week ago in the old Shenanigans space at 1014 N. West St. The bar, owned by former Chalet owner Evan Spicer and Shaun Colliatie, has lots of television sets for sports viewing and bar games such as pool and darts. Its menu features stuffed burgers (a popular one is stuffed with Swiss cheese and mushrooms). The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and serves food until 10 p.m. For more information, call Cleats at 316-201-1627.
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Cross Eyed Cricket Tavern is another bar that opened last weekend. It’s at 1110 W. Harry in the space that previously held Duke’s Bar and Grill. The business is owned by Hunter Weast, who always dreamed of opening a bar. He’s a fan of country singer Eric Church, who has a song that references a bar called the Cross Eyed Cricket, so Weast always knew that’s what he’d call his bar. He describes it as a relaxed neighborhood bar, and within a week, he plans to start serving hot and cold sandwiches. He compares his menu to the Artichoke’s. The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Call 316-303-9300 for more information.
Jerseys Grill & Bar at 3213 N. Toben, which closed in December because of a lapsed liquor license, reopened a few weeks ago with an updated interior, including a big new bar, and an updated menu. The restaurant has added flatbreads, new appetizers and several salads and also installed a shuffleboard table. Jerseys is putting its popular sand volleyball leagues together now and plans to reopen the court soon. Information on the leagues is available at the www.jerseysgrillandbar.com. The bar opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at varying times but stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-636-5000.
Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers open in Old Town Square
Yo-B Yogurt & Burgers opened in the former Luca Italian Kitchenspace at 301 N. Mead on Tuesday. The business belongs to Cafe Bel Ami owner Nabil Bacha and is a self-serve yogurt spot that also has burgers. Bacha has completely remodeled the space and gone with the same tile-on-the-wall, futuristic-pastel-colored- chairs motif that is employed by competitors such as Orange Leaf and Cherry Berry. He’s chosen pale purple and white as the colors.
The restaurant offers self-serve frozen yogurt at 42 cents an ounce, and the lineup includes 14 flavors such as peach, raspberry, green apple, cheesecake, chocolate and salted caramel. The well-stocked topping bar has a wall of hard candy dispensers and serving trays with fruits, chopped up candy bars and more. There’s also a short menu of order-at-the-counter burgers and sandwiches, including a fried egg-topped burger, a fried skirt steak sandwich and a grilled chicken sandwiches. Burgers average about $3.29 and fries are $1.39. Hot chocolate, shakes and parfaits are also on the menu. Yo-B is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
On the Border has $1 margaritas on Saturday
Saturday is National Margarita Day , and Mexican chain On the Border, which has Wichita locations at 1930 N. Rock Road and 2347 N. Maize Road, will observe it by offering $1 house margaritas all day. Customers can order the 12 oz. house margaritas either frozen or on the rocks, and the restaurants also will offer their CoronaRitas, which are dramatically served with a beer turned upside down inside of them, for $5.
Molino’s gets its liquor license
Molino’s Mexican Cuisine at 1064 N. Waco has just added a liquor license. The restaurant now is serving a large selection of beer, wine, margaritas and mixed drinks. Molino’s gets a strong lunch crowd, owner Mario Quiroz said, but he’s hoping that the addition of adult beverages will help bolster the dinner crowd. Molino’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant mixes up strawberry, peach and lime margaritas, and they’re educating customers about pairing wine with Mexican food – and such pairings work quite well, Quiroz said. For more information, call Molino’s at 316-977-9336.
Ribfest dates announced
Intrust Bank Arena announced this week its dates for the third annual Wichita Ribfest, an event that features food from national rib vendors plus lots of live music and entertainment. It’ll be May 16-18 in the same spot it’s been the last two years: City Lot D at 777 E. Waterman. Arena officials have made two changes for this year’s Ribfest. For one, people can get into the festival all three days for $5. In previous years, people paid $4 each day they entered, but now they’ll be able to buy a $5 wristband and enter every day without paying again.
Also, the arena has changed the event to run Friday through Sunday rather than Thursday through Saturday, as it did the first two years. They hope to make Sunday, May 18, a big family day with lots of activities. Arena officials said they will announce the entertainment lineup later. They’re offering free Saturday admission to anyone holding a ticket to the Brantley Gilbertconcert, which is that night, and on Sunday, members of the military get in free. Keep up with Ribfest developments at www.intrustbankarena.com.
Brints Diner is back – again
You just can’t keep Brints Diner down. The restaurant, which operates out of a tiny Valentine diner at 4834 E. Lincoln, closed late last month, the third time the restaurant has closed since longtime owner Jessie Medina shuttered it in October of 2012. New owner Larry Harmon, the founder of Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill, gave the place a thorough cleaning and quietly reopened the doors a couple of weeks ago, he said. His menu is similar to what regular Brints customers had come to expect and focuses on “country breakfast” items plus diner lunches ranging from burgers to salads.
Brints hours are from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It’s closed on Sundays. The restaurant is famous not only for its 2007 inclusion on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”back in 2007 but also for operating inside a Valentine diner. About 2,000 of the buildings were made by Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing between 1938 and 1971, and architecture buffs are still passionate about them. For more information, call 316-440-8338.