A Utah-based businessman is bringing a new Mediterranean restaurant concept to Delano, one that he plans to expand across the Midwest.
Anthony Pentele, who owns a restaurant consulting business in St. George, Utah, plans to open Tahini Mediterranean Eatery in the next six to eight weeks in the former Eastern Cuisine and Lotus Leaf space at 613 W. Douglas. (That restaurant is moving to 3811 W. 13th St. and should be open in April.)
The restaurant will offer seating for 20-24 and will specialize in a limited menu of fresh-made shawarma, gyro sandwiches, hummus, baba ghanoush and a few salads. It also will specialize in a dessert called kunafa, which features crunchy, almost angel-hair dough on the outside and custard cream on the inside.
Eventually, Pentele said, he’d like to add delivery and catering. He hopes to open several Tahani restaurants in Wichita and expand into markets like Des Moines and Omaha. When trying to choose where to open the first one, he looked in all those markets, he said, but decided that Wichita – specifically Delano – was the right place to start.
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I’ll keep you updated on an opening date, which Pentele predicted would be at the end of April or first week of May.