Restaurant News & Reviews

Hill Bar & Grill sets opening date; Wichita food trucks plan July gathering

Three facts about the Hill Bar & Grill


The official opening date is Aug. 12: The last we heard from the Hill Bar & Grill, the new restaurant going into the former Barrier’s space, it was set to be open by Monday, July 29. But typical construction delays have pushed it back a bit, and now Brent Steven – who is opening the restaurant at 4800 E. Douglas with his brother, Brad – says that it will open for sure on Aug. 12. The brothers also own nearby Mike’s Wine Dive.


It’s an ale house: The brothers describe the restaurant as an ale house that that focuses on craft beer and American fare. The menu will include dishes such as house-made pork rinds, spiced fried chickpeas, house-made pretzels with beer cheese sauce, pork belly sliders, street tacos and a variety of steaks. It’ll also offer banana pudding made with vanilla wafers and baked Alaska done three ways. All the food will be fresh and made from scratch.


It’ll be open late: The Hill’s hours will be 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Quick bites

Food truck gathering is on

Trouble with licensing last month prevented the local food truck fleet from putting on what had become a monthly at the WaterWalk. But those issues are now resolved, said organizer Jeff Schauf – an owner of the Flying Stove – and the July gathering is on for Sunday at WaterWalk Pavilion. The event will feature many of Wichita’s food truck vendors, including new additions Let’m Eat Brats, Hopperoni Express and the Hopping Pita. Old faithfuls B.S. Sandwich Press, Cakeface, the Flying Stove and MMM Sandwiches will be there, too. The day will start with 10 a.m. outdoor yoga, then from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m., the trucks will be serving and jazz will be playing.

Wine Olympics at Beyond Napa

Beyond Napa at Rock Island Studios, the liquor and wine store in at 338 N. Mead in Old Town Square, is putting on its second annual Wine Olympics beginning on Friday. The store will let customers sample different wines from different countries each day except Sunday through Aug. 10. Customers will “cast corks” for their favorites, and winners will be named daily on the shop’s Facebook page. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-260-9920.

Fill your mug – or let KMUW

Anna Murdoc’s Cafe is providing the venue and Caffe Moderne is providing the gelato for KMUW’s sixth annual Fill Your Mug event on Friday. It lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Anna Murdoc’s, 209 E. William, and will offer a cupful of gelato to people who bring their KMUW mugs to the event. Those who don’t have mugs can get a cup at the event, which also will feature music from Raging Sea and Aaron Newton. Admission is free.