Dining With Denise Neil

Coffee news for Wichita’s west-siders

This Starbucks near Central and Tyler is back in business.
This Starbucks near Central and Tyler is back in business. File photo

Getting coffee in the morning has recently become even easier for west-siders.

The Starbucks at 8971 W. Central, near the corner of Central and Tyler, is back in business. The space opened as a Starbucks in 2008, but the chain closed it two months later. Late last year, Starbucks reclaimed the building, which had most recently held fast food Chinese place Chosen Wok.

Also, the drive-through is now open at the Panera Bread at 420 S. Ridge Road. Local Panera franchisee Randy Simon has been busy reconfiguring some of his stores, and the new Panera drive-through is the latest project. A drive-through at the 1605 N. Rock Road location has been open since August, and he remodeled the Central and Hillside store, too.

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