Dining With Denise Neil

Knolla’s isn’t expanding after all; Eastern Cuisine moves into the space next door

Knolla’s Pizza at 13th and West streets gave up the space next door it had planned to expand into, and Eastern Cuisine snatched it up.
Knolla’s Pizza at 13th and West streets gave up the space next door it had planned to expand into, and Eastern Cuisine snatched it up. The Wichita Eagle

Knolla’s at 13th and West streets has decided not to expand into the space next door after all.

And that’s a good thing because last week, Tumaini Kilangwa reopened her Eastern Cuisine in the space Knolla’s had been eying.

In September, Pat Knolla said he would take over the space next door most recently occupied by Golden Bay to create seating for 30 or 35 people. His restaurant has a tiny lobby with a waiting area and about six seats.

Not long after he made the announcement, though, he had a change of heart, he said.

“We felt like the expense would be greater than the return on investment,” he said.

Kilangwa says the spot was the one she originally wanted when she opened her restaurant. But Knolla’s got it first.

When they changed their minds, the landlord called to see if she was still interested.

She was, she said, and decided to move the restaurant from the tiny space at 613 W. Douglas, where it opened in August.

Since then, Tahini Mediterranean Eatery has signed on to take over the Delano space.

Kilangwa, a native of Tanzania, Africa, is settled in to her bigger restaurant space and just got her lunch and dinner buffets back in operation. She’s serving a menu that focuses on traditional African dishes but also has dishes from countries including Africa, England, Ireland, India, Italy and the Philippines.

The lunch and dinner buffets include beef and chicken pilaf, fried plantains, cornmeal mush, beef and chicken noodles, curry dishes, pan fried diced chicken and beef and a popular Tanzanian salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.

The hours for the restaurant are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-293-9537 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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