Dining With Denise Neil

Cookies are ready: Wichita’s first Nestle Toll House Cafe is open

Monday was the official opening day for the new combination Baskin Robbins and Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip near the west Warren Theatre.

And the hot cookies were flying out the door.

“It’s been really busy with the cookies, and we’re really happy about that,” said Candice Lee, who opened the new cafe with her husband, Geoff.

The couple, local Baskin Robbins franchisees, closed their ice cream store at 2556 N. Maize Road in January and announced plans to move it to the former Bud E. Rooster’s spot at 8918 W. 21st St. One of the reasons for the move, they said, was that they wanted the ability to add a drive-through.

And they’ve done that at the new store, which had a soft opening over the weekend.

The Lees modeled their new store after one that opened last May in Tulsa, and it’s only the second Baskin-Robbins/Nestle Toll House Cafe combo in the country. Half of it is devoted to ice cream and half to cookies.

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip is based in Dallas and has stores all over the country, most of them in shopping malls.

In addition to Baskin-Robbins ice cream, the shop also serves Nestle Toll House cookies, cookie cakes and brownies. It has coffee drinks and fruit smoothies, and people can also purchase cookie gift baskets there.

The new cafe offers a new post-movie sweets option for people still mourning the loss of Orange Leaf, which was in the same strip center but closed in October.

Its hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-440-2530.

Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil

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