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Toubia gets job at Wichita Country Club
Popular chef Nathan Toubia is making another career move. He’s left Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe, where he had been working since November as head chef, and has accepted a job working under Chef Damian Lehman as the sous chef at Wichita Country Club. He starts on Friday. Meanwhile, Birds on the Roof, 550 N. Rock Road, is closing its doors for at least two weeks while it hires a new chef, said owner Thao Luu. The restaurant will, however, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to test out new menu items.
In other Toubia news, he has sold his Bocco Deli, 3010 E. Central, which he opened in 2010. It’s been closed since January, but longtime employee Dana Tate will take it over and plans to have it reopened by mid- to late March. Toubia, the son of the late Latour founder Antoine Toubia, closed his Bocconcini Italian Eatery in August.
New Moroccan restaurant at 21st and Woodlawn
A new restaurant near 21st and Woodlawn is bringing a new cuisine to Wichita: Moroccan. Former Wichita Eagle carrier Badreddine Rahali and his wife, Fatiha, opened Marrakech Cafeat 6257 E. 21st St. North earlier this month in a space formerly occupied by a dry cleaner. It specializes in cuisine from Rahali’s native Morocco, which he says focuses on exotic spices and meats such as chicken, beef and lamb. His menu includes several deli sandwiches and meat and vegetable dishes cooked in a vessel called a “tagine.” A popular menu item is a couscous dish, which layers seven different vegetables and couscous over meat. It’s available only on Fridays.
Side dishes include grape leaves, Moroccan salad and familiar dishes such as fattoush salad, hummus and baba ghanoush. The restaurant also serves fruit smoothies in flavors such as mango and pineapple, special juices such as creamy banana and creamy avocado, and several coffee drinks.
For now, the restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The couple plans to extend the hours and stay open until 10 p.m. soon. They also plan to begin offering a lunch buffet in about a month. For more information, call 316-765-7307.
Jason Febres to appear on ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’
“Cutthroat Kitchen” premiered on the network in August, and each episode pits four chefs against each other cooking gourmet dishes for a celebrity judge. But there’s always an element of kitchen sabotage to keep things interesting. The show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.