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New Wichita barbecue restaurant wants to cater to Spirit employees

Wichita has a new barbecue restaurant, and its owner knows where his bread is buttered, er, where his ribs are sauced.

Santiago Munoz, who just opened The Angry Elephant barbecue with his brother, Sergio, is in a location that’s just a couple of miles from Spirit AeroSystems. The restaurant is in the former MeKong Cafe space at 2959 S. Hillside.

Munoz, a former cabinet builder at Textron, said he is hoping to build up a big lunch crowd from the nearby plant and is offering Spirit employees 5 percent off their meals – any time, all the time.

The restaurant is just the latest food business by Munoz, who has long owned 316 Catering and 316 Meal Prep, a healthy meal service system that has famous clients like Olympic boxer Nico Hernandez.

Munoz, who also is an experienced barbecue cook, said he recently bought the “Cadillac of smokers” and decided to launch a barbecue restaurant, too.

His menu now includes three burgers, brisket, pulled pork, hot links, chicken and slow-smoked pork. He also has a low-carb menu. Within a few months, he hopes to double his number of offerings.

The name Angry Elephant, he said, hit him when he was watching a documentary that featured an enraged, charging elephant.

“I just love elephants,” he said. “I’ve always liked them. And I was trying to think of something besides a pig. Every time you see a barbecue joint, all you see is a pig – pig this, swine that. It’s always the same thing.”

Munoz, who opened just a week ago, said he’s already getting good crowds. He bought a giant billboard on K-15 that points people where to turn onto 31st Street to get to his restaurant. But once you get on Hillside, you have to look carefully. The restaurant is tucked back in the parking lot of a strip center that’s next door to Krispy’s Chicken.

The hours for The Angry Elephant are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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