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This week in Wichita dining: Delicious details you may have missed

Wichita has a busy restaurant scene, and unless you follow closely along at Dining with Denise and Kansas.com, you might miss some of the delicious developments.

Here’s an end-of-the-week rundown of everything we discovered in the last seven days. This recap is for the week of August 12-18.

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OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS

▪ Barn’rds for the west side: Carrie Rengers reports that the owners of the original restaurant at 2037 N. Woodlawn are making plans to build a second restaurant north of 37th and Maize Road. Sadly, it’ll be a year to a year and a half before it opens.

▪ Peace out, Freebirds World Burritos: Last week, Wichita had two Freebirds stores. This week, it has zero.

▪ Even more rolled ice cream: We’ve already got 8 Below. And Freezing Rolls will open soon. Now, Freezing Moo, a Kansas City-based franchise, says it plans to open three rolled ice cream shops in the Wichita area.

▪ Farewell, fried pies: The Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies store that sits just off I-35 between Wichita and Oklahoma City is about to close, but its owners are hoping to find a Wichita entrepreneur to take it over and move it north.

THINGS TO DO

▪ Iron ChiliHead competition: One of the summer’s most popular food-and-drink parties happens Saturday at... a gardening center? It’s true. Johnson’s Garden Centers’ annual Iron ChiliHead competition, which features lots of craft beer samples, happens this weekend.

▪ Grub & Groove: Eat, drink and groove at this R&B music festival, which this year moves to Hartman Arena’s parking lot.

▪ The Wienermoble AND the NUTmobile: One will be here this weekend, immediately followed by the other next weekend. Here’s you chance to tour an edible-looking vehicle.

NOW YOU KNOW

▪ Delano’s Diner adds dinner: The new Delano restaurant is no longer just for breakfast and lunch.

▪ Self-service at McDonald’s: As long as you’re not afraid of technology, you can get in and out of some area McDonald’s without ever talking to a person.

Food Network praise for Wichita: Food Network has pinpointed what it says are the best dishes in Kansas, and several are in Wichita – including The Anchor’s BLT.

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