Restaurant News & Reviews

Three bits of restaurant news

1. BenchWarmers benched: BenchWarmers, the sports bar and grill that was supposed to go into the building at 3731 N. Rock Road, likely won't open after all, mainly because CEO Kevin Foote has been jailed for parole violations.

2. Two closings: Piccadilly Express, the downtown version of the Latour anchor at 7728 E. Central, has closed after 13 years of business at 151 N. Main. Also closed: Frida's Mexican Grill at 1580 W. 21st St., though owner Mario Quiroz vows to reopen in a better location.

3. More froyo: Orange Leaf, the self-service frozen yogurt shop that just opened at 21st and Tyler and will soon open at 37th and Rock, now plans a third location at Central and Greenwich.


Little-known fact: Sonic Drive-Ins sell bags of their fabulous, soft and chewable ice for $1.69.


The return of Chili's

It closed last year, citing slow business. But now the area is taking off, so Chili's plans to reopen the location at 21st and Greenwich in early November.

Newsletter newness

The Wichita A La Carte newsletter , a weekly collection of dining tidbits that you can have delivered to your e-mail inbox, has been redesigned and renamed. It's now called Dining with Denise, and its look matches the new Dining with Denise blog ( To sign up for the newsletter, first make sure you're registered with, then visit

Abuelo's loves teachers

Abuelo's, the Mexican restaurant at 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway, will have its annual Teacher Appreciation Days on Monday and Tuesday. Teachers who visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to closing those days will receive a special back-to-school kit, which will include classroom supplies. Teachers also can register both days to win a new laptop computer.