WICHITA — A planned bistro in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza isn't going to happen, but a high-end hamburger restaurant will instead.
Scott Bergeson is opening Fizz Burgers & Bottles — at least that's the working name — in early September at the development at 37th and Rock Road.
Siena is a Caro Development property.
Amici closed following a fire in June 2008.
"We're starting from scratch," Bergeson says. "It's pretty much like a brand-new building."
Bergeson is opening the restaurant with backing from his father, David Bergeson, a former investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who now is a consultant.
Scott Bergeson has been in the restaurant business in Wichita for two decades.
The restaurant will seat 60 inside and another 40 to 50 people on a patio.
"We want to do something simple — simple but really good," Scott Bergeson says.
Fresh food is particularly important to him.
"We're not even going to have a freezer in the place," he says.
Along with burgers, Bergeson says he'll have salads and sandwiches, all of which he hopes to add a creative twist to, though not too far out.
"Not scary, but still high end."