Dining With Denise Neil

Full list of new restaurants Wichita can expect in coming months

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is slated to open at 305 N. Rock Road in December, though it could stretch in to January.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is slated to open at 305 N. Rock Road in December, though it could stretch in to January.

Back in January, we published a list of all the restaurants that had announced plans to open in 2017.

Things change in seven months.

Now, it’s the end of July. Nearly all the restaurants on the original list – from Slim Chickens to Dempsey’s Biscuit Co. – are up and running, and a whole new, lengthy list has developed.

Here’s an updated look at the restaurants Wichitans can look forward to trying the rest of this year and in to next year.


Fairmount Coffee Co., 3815 E. 17th St.: Wichita State University’s Lutheran Student Center is about to open a coffee shop inside of its building on the edge of the campus. The 2,000-square-foot space will have meeting rooms, comfortable seating and a hangout vibe and will serve coffee roasted by Reverie Coffee Roasters plus baked goods, smoothies, salads and sandwiches. It is expected to open within a week, but its grand opening celebration will be on Aug. 26.

Uno Mas Fresh Mex, 1920 W. 21st St. Abel Rodriguez, who’s had success with his gourmet taco food truck Uno Mas, is opening a brick-and-mortar spot in the former Pizza Hut space near the Dillons at 21st and Amidon. It’ll serve the same type of gourmet tacos he has on his food truck and will have 35 seats. He is eying either Aug. 15 or Aug. 22 for an opening date.

Noodles to Go, 701 E. Douglas: Yu Huang and her partners plan to open a noodle shop in the kiosks at Union Station right next door to their new and wildly popular 8 Below rolled ice cream shop. They say it’ll be a month or two before the noodle shop is open, so it could be August or September.


Black Bean Canteen, 2621 N. Greenwich: Accountant and fitness enthusiast Bill Leppert is planning this healthy cafe, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will have about 16 seats plus carry-out and curbside service. His menu will include smoothies, steamed fish, chicken dishes and soups. It should be open by early September.

Bagel Haus, 8641 W. 13th St.: This bagel shop, the first one to open in Wichita in years, will be one of several new food tenants at the under-construction Tyler Pointe development at 13th and Tyler. It will be owned by Haley Guthrie, who moved to Wichita from Texas but couldn’t find a bagel she liked. She’ll serve bagel sandwiches both at breakfast and lunch as well as bagels with various cream cheese flavors and toppings. She hopes to open in September.

Lola’s Bistro, 2146 N. Collective Lane: To say that Michael Abay is taking his time to make sure his new east-side restaurant is perfect would be an understatement. He’s been working on Lola’s Bistro since December 2015 and has appeared to be poised to open the restaurant near 21st Street and Greenwich many times during the past year and a half. Abay now said that his restaurant, which will serve American cuisine with French, Italian, Asian and Filipino influences, could be open by late September.

GangNam Kitchen, 2121 N. Rock Road: Mike Choy, who owns GangNam Korean Grill & Bar at 210 N. Washington in Old Town, is opening a second restaurant in the former Adrian’s Cafe space. It’ll serve a menu similar to the original restaurant’s but won’t have the individual grills at the tables. Instead, it will offer dishes that are a fusion of Korean food and other Asian specialties. It will also have an Asian salad bar. Choy said he is hoping to open in early September.

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, 1821 N. Rock Road: This restaurant, part of a Utah-based chain, will serve fresh-baked breads, soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and desserts. The building is taking shape, and the opening date has been set for Sept. 29.

VietNom Nom, 8641 W. 13th St.: Another tenant in the new Tyler Pointe Development, this restaurant will be a fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant that will serve noodle dishes, soups, spring rolls and more. Owners say they hope to open in late September or early October.

6S Steakhouse, 6200 W. 21st St. Local businessman Brandon Steven is deep into construction on this high-end steakhouse in the former Players and Larry Bud’s space. He promises a west-side restaurant that will be nice enough to lure east-siders. It’ll be open mainly for dinner but may have a Sunday brunch. Steven said he hopes to have the restaurant open by September, though October might be more realistic.


Augustino Brewing Company, 756 N. Tyler Road: Longtime home brewer Augustine Iacopelli and his partners are in the middle of construction on a brewery and restaurant in the former Kababs and Panna Bread spaces near Central and Tyler. The brewery, which will also a coffee shop, could be open by October. His partners are his wife, Bianca, and Geoff and Kara Finn.

Hurricane Sports Grill, 8641 W. 13th St.: This is yet another restaurant that will open in the under-construction Tyler Pointe development at 13th and Tyler. It’s part of a Florida-based chain that specializes wings with lots of different types of sauces plus tropical drinks. It should be open by mid-October.

Comic Hero Cafe, 29th and Tyler: Linda Ayala plans to open this cafe, focusing on breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos, in Moon Ridge Plaza at the southwest corner of 29th and Tyler. The restaurant also will serve coffee and beer and will have a small retail area that sells comic books.

McAlister’s Deli, 21st and Greenwich: Wichita will get another McAlister’s Deli in a Greenwich-facing space at the Village at Greenwich. The restaurant has started working on the space, which should be done sometime in October.

Starbucks, 21st and Greenwich: It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but it appears a new Starbucks also will open at the new building at 21st and Greenwich in Village at Greenwich. It also could open by October.


Zoe’s Kitchen, 1441 N. Webb Road: This restaurant, a chain out of Birmingham, Ala., focuses on healthy Mediterranean fare like Greek salads, pita sandwiches, rice and grain bowls, kebabs and more. It is expected to open in front of the Whole Foods at 13th and Webb in early November.

Reverie Coffee Roasters and Founders Bakery, 2202 E. Douglas: Owner Andrew Gough says he hopes to have his Reverie Coffee Roasters moved and his new Founders Bakery open by late November. Founders Bakery will be in the corner of his new spot and will offer quick-prepared coffees and bakery items like croissants, scones and muffins. The space to the east of Founders will be Reverie, which will have more seating and will be designed for those who want to linger over coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails.


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 305 N. Rock Road: Franchisee Trace Welch plans two or three Fuzzy’s for Wichita, and the first will be on Rock Road in the former Pho Hot Bistro space. Fuzzy’s is part of a chain with 115 stores across the country, and it serves Baja-style Mexican food plus tequila and margaritas. It’s scheduled to open in December, though it could stretch in to January.


Texas Roadhouse, 2526 N. Greenwich: The west-side location is one of the most popular restaurants Wichita and long lines of people are always waiting to get a seat. Now, the east side will finally get its own. A second Wichita Texas Roadhouse is set to open in late February in front of Academy Sports at Greenwich and K-96.

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Picasso’s East, 5900 E. Central: Wichita’s second Picasso’s is still happening, and owner Kurt Schmidt estimates it will be ready to go in the early fall. Schmidt, who also owns the popular Delano location of the pizza restaurant, is opening in the former Warren Travel Inc. space at 5900 E. Central, between Edgemoor and Woodlawn.

Sente Coffee Shop, Douglas and Market: This coffee shop, which will open where the sales office for The Douglas apartments is now, will be a coffee shop where people can gather and play board games. It’s being opened by Caitlin Doolittle and her boyfriend, Thomas Koch. It’ll serve gourmet coffee drinks, Italian sodas and baked goods. The couple says they hope to have it open by the end of the year.


Jersey Mike’s Subs: Local franchisees said earlier this year that they hoped to bring this New Jersey-based sub shop to Wichita this spring. But it’s looking more like 2018, said Austin Morris. He and his partners purchased three stores in Lincoln, Neb., last fall and are focused on getting those up to standards. In the meantime, they’re working with a local real estate agent to find sites in Wichita. Morris said a rough guess for Jersey Mike’s arrival in Wichita is the first part of 2018.

New Hyatt gastropub, Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman: The new owners of Wichita’s Hyatt Regency are planning a riverfront gastro pub with open-air seating. It doesn’t have a name yet, but the hotel’s general manager, Chris Ruffin, said it’ll be open sometime in 2018.

El Agave, 3540 N. Maize Road: Wichita’s second El Agave Mexican Restaurant is set to open in late spring in Fox Ridge Plaza. The original is at 3236 N. Rock Road.


Starbucks, Central and Hillside: It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but documents indicate that a new Starbucks will go on to a development on the southwest corner of Central and Hillside. The building should be ready by November.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Central and Hillside: That same development that is likely getting a Starbucks also should be getting a Potbelly Sandwich Shop, one of a Chicago-based chain that specializes in toasted sandwiches and milkshakes.

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