Three restaurant updates
District Taqueria, 917 E. Douglas: The sign is up and demolition has begun inside the old Kelly’s Irish Pub to make way for District Taqueria, a new “urban taco bar.” Owners Michael Farha and Marc Humsi originally hoped to have it open this month, but standard delays have pushed the date back to late September or early October, Farha said. When it opens, the restaurant will have a full bar and will serve what Farha calls “inspired street tacos.” It’ll be open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays.
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McDonald’s, 11130 E. 21st St.: Crews are about to break ground on a new McDonald’s Regency Lakes, 21st and Greenwich. It’ll be owned and operated by Matt and Beth Raper, who have two other Wichita McDonald’s, including the one at 21st and Rock, plus one in Andover and one in Haysville. The restaurant should open between mid-October and early November and will feature the latest McDonald’s design, including LED lighting, digital menu boards, a split front counter, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour dual drive through lanes. The store is accepting applications for assistant managers, manager trainees and crew at www.mcwichita.com.
Meddys, 7906 E. Harry: Alex Harb has targeted Sept. 1 as the opening date for his Meddys restaurant, which will offer casual Mediterranean food. It’s taking over the space at Harry and Rock that once held a Jimmy’s Egg. The restaurant has a Facebook page, a website with a menu and even an employee. Harb hired chef Jeremy Wade to help him open the restaurant after Wade was let go from the Lakeside Club last week. The simple menu, available at meddys.com, includes familiar dishes such as schwarma, hummus, falafel and fattoush salad.
Chef preps for stardom with ‘Bizarre Snacks’
Fans of local chef Jason Febres, owner of Taste and See at 255 N. Washington, know that he is not the least bit uncomfortable in front of the camera. The chef has made several appearances on national television, working as a consultant on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” and as a contestant on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
Febres also has been public on social media about his desire to have his own national cooking show and has hinted that some sort of a deal is in the works. His quest to land a show has resulted in a bizarre Web series called “Bizarre Snacks.” Febres started filming the short webisodes in June, he said, following the advice of a producer who said that networks would be more likely to consider him if they could see more evidence of how he performed on camera.
In “Bizarre Snacks,” which can be found on Febres’ YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/jasonfebres1, the chef films himself and often his Taste and See guests trying outrageous, strange and rather gross ingredients. So far, he’s tackled fried silk worms, Nutella-dipped grasshoppers, ant and sesame candy bars and snake bites. His favorite has been spicy squid jerky, he said. “It was so disgusting, but it was so good,” he said. “The flavor was nice but the texture was really bizarre.” In each episode, Febres gives a little background about the ingredient’s actual use then films the various stages of revulsion as he and his guests choke down the snack.
Febres says he tracks down the delicacies from a variety of sources, including online and in local Asian and Indian markets. In September, Febres said, he will put on a free event in his restaurant where he will invite brave customers to come sample mystery ingredients if they agree to let him film their reactions. I’ll let you know when he sets a date. To keep up with the Bizarre Snacks installments, which Febres hopes to produce about once a week, like his Bizarre Snacks Facebook page or subscribe to his YouTube channel.
Trade scissors for sandwiches at Chick-fil-A
Wichita Chick-fil-A fans can earn free food if they participate in a school supply drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at the Chick-fil-A restaurants at 21st and Maize and at Central and Rock. Those who bring school supplies to the stores and drop them off at buses parked outside will get a coupon for a free sandwich. The east location is collecting supplies for the Wichita district. The west side restaurant is collecting for Maize, Goddard, Renwick and Wichita.
Two Wichita restaurants earn wine list recognition
Wine Spectator magazine has named two Kansas restaurants in its Aug. 31 issue, which recognizes restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections. The issue, which hit newsstands in late July, named 3,748 restaurants, which come from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries. The Wichita restaurants that made the list: Chester’s Chophouse at 1550 N. Webb Road and Mike’s Wine Dive at 4714 E. Douglas. Ten, the restaurant in Lawrence’s The Eldrige hotel, also made the list, as did several restaurants in the Kansas City area. All of the restaurants can be found in WineSpector.com’s restaurant search.