Dining With Denise Neil

Press pockets Pitts

Chef Douglas PittsA pretty building and a talented chef both will get new dining life next month when Melad Stephan opens his new cocktail lounge, now called Press.

The pretty building is the Waterfront space at 1720 N. Webb Road that first housed Piztros and then became an east-side Sabor. That Sabor closed in February, but owner Melad Stephan has a new idea for the space — a cocktail lounge that he originally planned to call D’Vine but now has decided to call Press. As in wine and vodka press.

And now comes word from Melad and Co. that they’ve hired a leader for the Press kitchen — chef Douglas Pitts, who opened 626 Douglas when he first moved to Wichita in 2004 then worked as a chef at Chester’s, Bella Donna and his recently closed downtown lunch spot, DK Kitchen. Pitts will prepare tapas, and the menu at Press also will include all kinds of unique cocktails, Stephan says. Pitts also plans to put on weekly wine dinners.

Remodeling on the space has just started, and Stephan (who also owns Uptown Bistro, Oeno, Sabor in Old Town Square, and Egg Cetera) hopes to have it open by mid-October.