1. El Agave: A new Mexican restaurant is going into the space at 3320 N. Rock Road that previously housed Top China Buffet (and Monterrey Mexican Grill and Red Hot & Blue before that.) It should open in three months or so.
2. Wasabi east (and maybe west). Owners of Wasabi, a sushi restaurant that opened last year at 912 E. Douglas, plan to open a second restaurant in the former Froz space at 3242 N. Rock Road within three months. They're considering a west-side restaurant as well.
3. Noodles & Co.: Wichita's second Noodles & Co. will open May 16 on the east side of Towne East Square, near Von Maur. The first one opened last year at 3300 N. Rock Road.
Vote for Wichita diners
Stacy Rogers and Darren Martin are two Wichita diners who are finalists in a contest at Genghis Grill that could earn them $10,000. But they need Internet votes to win. Rogers, representing the west-side Genghis Grill, and Martin, representing the east side, have been dining once a day for free at Genghis Grill for the last three months. The winner of the contest, which has more than 50 finalist representing Genghis Grills across the country, will be the one who lost the most weight and got the most Internet votes during the contests. Today is the last day to vote at http://gghealthkwest.com.
Ribfest coming in August
Intrust Bank Arena announced this week that it will host the River City Ribfest on Aug. 25-27. The event, which will take place outside the arena, will offer rib sampling, music, a beer garden, a kids' play area and a VIP section. Tickets are $4, free for children 12 and under. Read more about the event at intrustbankarena.com.
The Anchor hires Pitts
Chef Doug Pitts has a new job as the head of the kitchen at The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas. Owner Schane Gross hired him to get her kitchen in order, and this was Pitts' first full week on the job. Gross wants to give Pitts the freedom to offer beer dinners and other special events and to show off his creativity. He's putting together a small Mother's Day brunch as one of his first events. Pitts most recently headed the kitchen at Press but left in January. Since then, he's been working on the wait staff at Bonefish Grill.