Dining With Denise Neil

Jack's Coffee Shop is open, Scooter's isn't - and other restaurant news

A sneak peek at Sapporo

Lee Li and her husband, Leo Lin, former owners of Sake near 21st and Amidon, will open their new restaurant near Kellogg and Rock on July 21. This week they gave a few loyal customers a sneak preview. Video by Denise Neil
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Lee Li and her husband, Leo Lin, former owners of Sake near 21st and Amidon, will open their new restaurant near Kellogg and Rock on July 21. This week they gave a few loyal customers a sneak preview. Video by Denise Neil

It’s been a busy week on the Wichita restaurant scene, with a long list of eateries opening, re-opening or closing.

Here’s a look at everything that’s changed or is changing:

Opening

Lola’s Bistro, 2146 N. Collective Lane: Tonight is the official opening night for the long-awaited Lola’s Bistro. Owner Michael Abay has worked for more than a year perfecting his restaurant, which serves fine-dining American cuisine with French, Asian and Filipino flavors. The menu is populated with dishes like banana leaf halibut, stuffed chicken breast, lobster risotto, duck breast and vegetable terrine. For now, Lola’s is open just for dinner – from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The restaurant will likely add lunch in about 90 days. For more information, call 316-613-2223.

Re-opening

Jack’s Coffee Shop, 6154 S. Hydraulic: Crisis averted. This favorite hole-in-the-wall burger restaurant closed last week, alarming many fans. But owner Donna Collins was able to find someone to fill in for her cook, who is ill, and she reopened the restaurant on Monday. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Fuji, 327 N. Hillside: This restaurant closed in late August for a remodel and a menu change, and now, it’s ready to reopen. Daniel Lin said he will resume business on Friday, though he will have only part of his new menu ready to serve. Lin closed the 3-year-old restaurant after he decided to eliminate the sushi, which he said has become too common in Wichita. Now, he wants to focus on his hibachi-style dinners.

Closing

A Taste of Times Square, 217 E. Douglas: Ramy and Melissa Salem closed their downtown restaurant at the end of September, citing “construction issues.” In the meantime, their second location inside the lobby of Wichita’s Downtown YMCA is still open, and customers can visit them there.

Temporary closing

Scooter’s, 311 N. Washington: This Scooter’s coffee shop, one of two downtown locations is closed because of technical issues. It is expected to reopen, but employees say they don’t know when.

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