The new mobile kitchen (read: restaurant in a trailer) opened nearly six weeks ago in a parking lot at 37th and Topeka. It's owned by Paul Wilson, who also owns the business that the parking lot goes with — Kansas Clean Pavement.
1. The reason: Wilson opened the portable restaurant because there were no nearby lunch options in the industrial neighborhood where his business sits (near Love Box Co. and KFDI radio station). "I thought if I had this problem, everyone else around here has this problem," he said.
2. The food: Wilson and his manager, Keith Rossillon, make cheeseburgers and fries and smoke all kinds of barbecue-style meats, including hot links, ribs, brisket, pulled pork and turkey. They sell one-, two- and three-meat dinners, with a side and chips, for $6.95, $7.95 and $8.95, respectively.
3. The details: The restaurant is carry-out only, though there's a table with an umbrella set up outside. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and call-ahead orders are encouraged at 316-640-6261.
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In honor of National Clown Week, Hometown Buffet at 6820 W. Central is putting on a clown night from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The evening will included balloons, magic, face painting, prizes and, of course, clowns. Kids eat for 99 cents with a paying adult and with a donation of a school supply. For more information, call 316-942-4334.
Mediterranean Hookah Cafe is a new business at 2360 N. Maize Road (across the street from NewMarket Square) that serves a full line of coffee drinks as well as Mediterranean sandwiches and also offers hookah smoking, a Middle Eastern custom of smoking tobacco through a traditional water pipe. The cafe is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Starting in the next couple of weeks, it will also be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The cafe is owned by Issa Ishkukani, his brother and his brother-in-law — the same trio behind The Bean Scene at 8606 W. 13th St. Call 316-927-2757 for more information.
New Douglas eats
The space at 3425 E. Douglas that last housed Breezy's restaurant (which closed in 2006) soon will be home to Dolci & Joes, an upscale sandwich and burger place. Josh Crowe is the owner, and he's planning a menu that will include salads and traditional deli sandwiches, as well as some vegetarian selections. He plans to open in early September.
A change in approach
The former King's Buffet at 6160 E. Central was Old Town Buffet —for about two months. But now the owners are changing the name and concept. Manager Hong Azhang has closed the restaurant and will be reopening it as a Chinese and Japanese buffet in late August or early September. He'll come up with a new name in the meantime.