Three places to dine with Dad
Poor Dad. The list of restaurants making a big deal out of Father’s Day brunches is much shorter than the ones who did on Mother’s Day. But a few are still making a point of inviting dads in for Father’s Day, which is Sunday. Among them:
Jonbalaya food truck: Just passing through
Don’t get too excited if you spot the Jonbalaya food truck around town this month. It’s just visiting. The truck is from Nashville, but the family that runs it has deep roots in Wichita and is here visiting for the month. Jon Heidelberg, whose wife, Holly, grew up in Wichita, is the “Jon” of Jonbalaya. The family, which also includes 14-year-old Cedric and 12-year-old Kianna, has been operating the food truck in Nashville since 2010. The Heidelbergs teamed up with the Flying Stove guys when they got to town and have served alongside them several times. They will do so again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20 in Old Town. They’ll also join the Flying Stove for a shift on June 21, but that location is yet to be determined. They’re serving at the Country Stampede at Tuttle Creek Lake State Park on June 26-29 and then will head back to Nashville. While here, Jonbalaya is serving jambalaya, shrimp and grits, catfish po’ boys and a tilapia bayou burrito. For more information, call 675-852-0017. Check the truck’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/jonbalaya for location updates.
Now open: Raven’s Room Restaurant and Rock Bar
The new Raven’s Room Restaurant and Rock Baropened last week in the former Pour Haus Restaurant and Tavern space at 1021 W. Maple, which is at the corner of Seneca and Maple. It’s owned by Jeravicious Raven, who is planning a grand opening in a couple of weeks. Raven’s Room offers a menu that features burgers, fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms and other fried-food bar specialties. It has a full bar and soon will have beer on tap. (The fire that closed Pour Haus in 2012 damaged the tap system, and Raven is getting it repaired.) In July, he’ll begin offering live rock music. In the meantime, he plans to have acoustic musicians in the bar. Raven used to own Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar at 3008 W. Central. Pour Haus burned in August 2012, and the fire was eventually ruled an arson.
Candle Club under new management
The Candle Club, the throwback private supper club that’s operated at 6135 E. 13th St. North since 1963, is under new management. Last week, former Scotch & Sirloin assistant manager Judah Craig, along with partners Cameron Huffman, Brian Thorton and Steve Ruud, took over management of the club from Louis Thompson. Craig, who most recently worked as a bar manager at the new Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, said he’s always wanted to have a place of his own to run. He and his partners approached Thompson about possibly taking over the club. “It has a great atmosphere and lots of history,” Craig said.