1. COMING: Holy land Mediterranean Grill: The building at 217 E. Douglas that's held many restaurants (most recently Onyx Bistro) appears to have a new tenant. Though landlord Sophokles "Steve" Anthimedes, is not sharing details yet, signs in the door promise Holy land Cafe, an Illinois-based restaurant chain specializing in Mediterranean dishes such as hummus, schwarma, kibbeh, kebabs, fattouch and more.
2. GOING: Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery: Owner Jody Briceland closed the healthy-eating restaurant at 5855 N. Maize Road in Maize last weekend, though she dreams of reopening the restaurant in a different location. In the meantime, she's honoring outstanding gift cards and continuing to cater. Call
316-305-1396 for details.
3. MOVING: Bite Me BBQ: Wichita barbecue fans will have another downtown option this fall. Bite Me BBQ owners Coleman and Becky Lockett plant to move their restaurant from its current space at 151st St. West and Kellogg in Goddard to 130 N. St. Francis in downtown Wichita. The move should be done by late November.
Chipotle giveaways at Farmers' Market
Chipotle, a restaurant chain that prides itself on using local produce in its restaurants, is celebrating National Farmers Market Week on Saturday by giving $5 to be used on produce to the first 250 people who show up at the Old Town Farmers' Market at 8 a.m. The first 250 customers also will get buy-one-get-one coupons to use later on Chipotle burritos, bowls, tacos and salads. The Farmers' Market operates at First and Mosley downtown.
Local restaurant owner dies in Laos
Jeff Saysombat, the friendly co-owner of Taste of Thai , 447 N. St. Francis, and Bangkok Thai Restaurant , 2020 S. Rock Road, died last month of stomach cancer in his native Laos. He was 54. His wife, Vatsana, who owned the restaurants with him, recently returned from Laos and hopes to return to work at Bangkok soon. The couple closed Taste of Thai in May when Jeff became too ill to run it, said nephew Keo Saysombat. A new restaurant, In and Out Fried Chicken , will move into the Taste of Thai space soon.