Birds on the Roof update, St. Patrick's day dining news

03/14/2014 9:50 AM

03/14/2014 9:52 AM

Three changes at Birds on the Roof

The restaurant at 550 N. Rock Road, which Jimmy Nguyen and Thao Luu opened in August, is celebrating its grand reopening this weekend. Among the changes:

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A new chef: James Risner, who most recently worked at Taste & See, has been brought on board to replace Nathan Toubia, who left a few weeks ago for a job at the Wichita Country Club. Risner has been revamping the restaurant’s menu, adding new breakfast, lunch and dinner items such as eggs Benedict with salmon, seafood crepes, omelets, filet mignon and more.

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A new name: Nguyen and Luu also changed the name from Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe to Birds on the Roof Restaurant and want to focus more on “romantic, French-style dinners.”

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Lower prices: The owners have lowered prices, they said, and retrained the staff. Anyone whose food takes longer than 20 minutes to arrive gets 50 percent off. To celebrate its grand reopening this weekend, diners on Friday evening will get 50 percent off for items on the dinner menu. (Reservations are required to get the deal.) Saturday’s grand-reopening activities will include live music and giveaways.

For more information or reservations, call the restaurant at 316-558-8288 or 316-708-9799.

Quick bites

Annual Blarney Breakfast is Friday

Monday is the day for the 39th annual Blarney Breakfast, a St. Patrick’s day-themed event that feeds Wichitans wearing green and raises money for a good cause: Rainbows. It lasts from 6 to 9:30 a.m. at Old Chicago at 7700 E. Kellogg, right by Towne East. For a $12 ticket ($5 for kids), attendees get a breakfast of pancakes, breakfast pizza and more. There’s also bottomless coffee, bagpipers and Irish dancers. Tickets are available at the door. The event usually draws about 1,000 people.

Corned beef and cabbage at Old Mill

Add Old Mill Tasty Shop to the list of restaurants celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The restaurant’s special on Monday will be corned beef and cabbage plus new potatoes. The hours on Monday are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, the restaurant will serve a special called Bubble and Squeak, potato cakes made with corned beef topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Breakfast hours on Saturday are 8 a.m. to noon. Old Mill is downtown at 604 E. Douglas. For more information, call 316-264-6500.

Fat Tony’s is closed

One of Wichita’s best big screens for watching sporting events has gone dark. Fat Tony’s, the sports bar that opened at 417 E. Douglas in spring 2011 featuring a 26-foot-tall screen, is no longer in business. The restaurant’s Facebook page indicates it has closed, as does a sign posted on the door, the giant Dumpster sitting out front and the disconnected phone number. Fat Tony’s was owned by Bryan Shapiro, who also had nightclub Doc Howard’s in Old Town.

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