Restaurant News & Reviews

Three new places to eat and drink

The new downtown Scooter’s officially opens Friday at Second and Washington.
The new downtown Scooter’s officially opens Friday at Second and Washington. The Wichita Eagle

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Scooter’s, 311 N. Washington: The downtown location of this drive-up coffee kiosk officially opens on Friday and will be offering $1 medium drinks all day. The new shop, which has drive-through windows but no indoor seating, sits next door to the new Gianni Bacci’s bar. Its hours will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The menu features a variety of coffee drinks, including chai latte, candy bar latte and white mocha. There are also “espresso blenders,” which are frozen, sweet coffee drinks, and Scooter’s serves fresh fruit smoothies as well as oatmeal, pastries, cookies and breakfast burritos. The new Scooter’s is owned by Pat Do, the physician who founded Mid-America Orthopedics and who also owns the Scooter’s at Kellogg and Andover. He’s also planning a Scooter’s at the under-construction Union Station and at Wilson Estates Medical Park near 21st and Webb.

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Central Standard Brewing, 156 S. Greenwood: The new brewery will celebrate its grand opening this weekend and will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, when it will serve beer and give away merchandise. After that, the brewery will be open from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 3 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The brewery, owned by Andy Boyd and Ian Crane, is in a 4,000-square-foot building at the corner of Douglas and Hydraulic across from Hyde Park. The beers that will be served include IPA, pale ale, sour beer, Belgian triple and Saison on tap. More beers will be added later. The food menu at first will include meat and cheese plates only, though the plan is to eventually add sandwiches and other food items. For more information, call 316-260-8515.

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Tokyo Japanese Cuisine, 446 N. West St.: The new restaurant opened late last week in the spot that formerly held Hunan Restaurant & Club. First-time restaurant owner Sam Zeng gutted the building and has turned it into an attractive, modern sushi and hibachi restaurant that looks and smells brand new. There’s also a sushi bar. The outside has been vastly improved, too, with a new paint job and some nice stone work on the front of the building. The menu is almost overwhelmingly huge, featuring 27 appetizers, more than 60 types of sushi rolls, 32 different hibachi-style dinners and lunch specials. Choices include items such as the Wichita roll, which has spicy tuna and cucumber inside with king crab, avocado, masago and spicy sauce. The hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-636-7777.

West-side food truck rally on Friday

The west side of Wichita likes to rally, too. At least, that’s what Brown Box Bakery food truck owner Anna Hastings and her husband, Caleb, are hoping. The pair has decided to start a monthly food truck rally for the west side, and the first one is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Reflection Ridge Plaza, 21st and Ridge. The rally will feature The Brown Box Bakery, which sells cupcakes, alongside B.S. Sandwich Press, Brickhouse BBQ, Let’m Eat Brats, The Kamayan Truck and The Flying Stove, which organizes the last-Sunday-of-the-month rallies at the WaterWalk. Each truck will be set up in a parking lot selling their specialties. The new rally will have an added bonus: Xclusive Events will be selling adult beverages out of a special bar truck. And the Mike Peltzer Trio will be there providing tunes. The Hastingses hope to make the rally a monthly Friday night event.

Pizza Hut at 21st and Greenwich is relocating

East-siders may have noticed that the signs have disappeared from the Pizza Hut building that’s operated since 2006 in the big shopping development at Kellogg and Greenwich. The restaurant closed on Aug. 5, said Kim Money, the director of marketing for Fugate Enterprises, the company that owns all the local Pizza Hut franchises. But the company plans to relocate it somewhere in the area, probably within the next three to four months. The location on busy East Kellogg was never ideal, Money said, and it was difficult to get deliveries out. The company had the opportunity to lease the building to another business (sorry – not a restaurant) so they took it, she said.

That Pizza Hut, whose official address was 11747 E. Kellogg, originally opened as a Pizza Hut Italian Bistro, a more upscale version of Pizza Hut with additional menu items. Pizza Hut eventually abandoned that concept but kept the signage and continued operating the restaurants as regular Pizza Huts, Money said. Callers will be automatically redirected to another Pizza Hut store in the area. There are nearby Pizza Huts at 1885 S. Rock Road and 8139 E. Central.

Two wine dinners

Two local restaurants have wine dinners coming up. Albero Cafe at 4811 E. Central is putting on a multicourse dinner on Sunday that will be prepared by guest chef Casey Phillips. Called “Dog Days of Summer,” the dinner will feature two appetizers, soup, salad and entree of either a rosemary garlic beer brat or a citrus sill pan-seared salmon. It costs $40 a person and includes white and red sangria. The restaurant also will be selling signature cocktails and will offer its regular wine menu. Sterling Gray will provide classical guitar music. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. For reservations, call 316-260-9667.

On Sept. 2, Scotch & Sirloin at 5325 E. Kellogg will be putting on a dinner featuring Chalk Hill wines. It’s $85 a person and will feature a five-course meal plus wine pairings. (The main course is a Sterling Silver rib-eye served over Peruvian potatoes with a red wine reduction.) It starts at 7 p.m. Call 316-685-8701 for reservations.

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