New restaurant news
T.O.P.S. Steaks and Hoagies at 2251 E. 21st St.: This restaurant will open near 21st and Grove next week, probably on Wednesday, said owner Bernard Knowles. The name stands for “Taste of Philadelphia Style,” and the restaurant will specialize in Philly cheesesteak sandwiches made with meat shipped in from The Original Philly Cheesesteak Co. in Philadelphia. The restaurant also will serve chicken cheesesteak, several styles of hoagie sandwiches and breakfast items including steak and eggs, omelets, home fries and grits. The initial hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. On Friday nights, T.O.P.S. will serve dinner specials such as barbecue ribs with collard greens, Knowles said. He’s planning a grand opening event for June 21. For more information, call 316-239-6403.
Pie Five Pizza, Maple and Ridge and North Maize Road: Wichita is about to get two Pie Five Pizza restaurants, part of a Dallas-based chain that allows customers to build their own pizzas and salads. Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens will open the first one in August on the south lot of his Applebee’s near Maple and Ridge. In October, he’ll open another one in the strip center that’s now under construction in the front part of the SuperTarget parking lot at NewMarket Square north of 21st and Maize. Stevens will start construction on that restaurant in the first part of September, he said. A second Firehouse Subs also is going in that strip center.
Angela’s Cafe, 2119 W. 21st St.: The Angela’s Cafe & Cantina near 21st and Amidon that closed more than a year and a half ago reopened last week. Roman Romero, the brother of the former owner of the restaurant, and his daughter Adriana Romero, are running it now. It’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and will offer the same menu of Tex-Mex favorites it did when it closed. The other two Wichita Angela’s, at 901 E. Central and 300 S. Greenwich, are operated by members of the same family. For more information, call 316-832-1840.
Celeb chef Alton Brown in Wichita
Food Network star Alton Brown is coming to Wichita in October, and it sounds like his show is going to be… messy. “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” will go on stage at Century II’s Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. The show is two hours long, family-friendly and is described as a mix of stand-up comedy, food experimentation and live music. It’ll include lots of audience interaction, and audience members will be called on stage to serve as culinary assistants. The front rows at Brown’s show are designated as a “poncho zone.” People seated in those rows will be handed ponchos to wear, so it sounds like food is going to fly.
Tickets to the show go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday and will be $110, $71.50, $60.50 and $49.50. They’ll be available at WichitaTIX.com, by calling 316-303-8100 or in person at the WichitaTix box office, which is in the concert hall foyer, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Wichita’s has a Hawaiian restaurant
There’s a new tenant in the former Bali Cafe spot at 2716 E. Central: Luau’s International Grill, which focuses on Hawaiian and other International food and is open super late on weekends. The restaurant is owned by Katie Lelei and a partner. Lelei grew up in American Samoa and has lived in Wichita since 2011. She has four kids and another full-time job at a bank, but she loves to cook, she said, and wanted to give a restaurant a go.
The menus offers items include coconut chicken strips, coconut curry, a Hawaiian beef dish called manapua, and “spam musubi,” which is described as spam sushi. There’s also a deep fried burger, a Hawaiian burger and Hawaiian chicken wings. The international side of the menu includes falafal, chicken schwarma and hummus schwarma. There are a few tables and chairs in the tiny restaurant, which is decorated with Hawaiian touches. Luau’s is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-477-0111.
Celebrity & Chef cookoff is Tuesday
The 13th annual Celebrity & Chef Cookoff, a fundraising event for the Orpheum Theatre, is Tuesday at Intrust Bank Arena. The event pairs local chefs such as Taste & See’s Jason Febres and Doo-Dah Diner’s Patrick Shibley with celebrities including Newman University president Noreen Carrocci and House of Schwan owner Barry Schwan for an “Iron Chef”-style on-the-spot cooking challenge. Those who attend also will be treated to appetizers from many local restaurants, cocktails and the opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions. Tickets are $85 at www.wichitaorpheum.com or by calling 316-263-0884.