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Some Wichita restaurants closing for eclipse, others offering specials

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You don't necessarily need fancy equipment to watch one of the sky's most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. With just a few simple supplies, you can make a pinhole camera that allows you to view the event safely and easily.
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You don't necessarily need fancy equipment to watch one of the sky's most awesome shows: a solar eclipse. With just a few simple supplies, you can make a pinhole camera that allows you to view the event safely and easily.

Today’s solar eclipse happens during the lunch hour, meaning restaurants have an interesting choice to make: close down and enjoy it for themselves or stay open and offer moon-shaped specials.

Here’s a list of what some Wichita restaurants are planning today:

Eclipse eats

Krispy Kreme, 7777 E. Central: This shop will have its rare chocolate glazed doughnuts on Monday morning only.

The Donut Whole, 1720 E. Douglas: Today only, the shop is selling eclipse cake doughnuts that are frosted half in black and half in white.

Little Lion Ice Cream: These homemade ice cream purveyors have created a Totals Eclipse of the Mint ice cream sandwich that it will sell at today’s eclipse party at Exploration Place, which lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hurts Donut, 7010 W. 21st St., 3750 N. Woodlawn: This doughnut shop’s version of an eclipse doughnut is a cream-filled and chocolate-frosted with a ring of white powdered sugar around the edges. It’s available all day.

Milkfloat, 535 W. Douglas: The dessert shop isn’t open until 2 p.m., but when it does, it will be serving half-moon cherry hand pies.

Pumphouse, 825 E. Second: This bar is serving $2.50 Blue Moon beers today.

Bubba's 33, 412 S. Towne east mall Drive: This restaurant is offering half-price Sunshine burgers from now until close.

Closed for eclipse

Beautiful Day Cafe, 2516 E. Central: This cafe is closed all day “for this natural holiday.”

Timbuktu Bar & Grill, 1251 N. Andover Road: This restaurant will be closed while its staff chases the eclipse, according to its Facebook page.

Broadway Burgers & BBQ, 1659 S. Broadway: This restaurant is closing for lunch.

Parsnipity Cafe, 301 N. Main: This restaurant inside the Epic Center is closing so its staff can watch the eclipse.

Milkfloat, 535 W. Douglas: The dessert restaurant is opening later than usual at 2 p.m.

Sunflower Espresso: This coffee truck will stay parked on Monday so its staff can enjoy eclipse day.

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