Dining With Denise Neil

A sneak peek inside the new Hurricane Sports Grill at 13th and Tyler

Monday’s the day that the beach arrives in Wichita.

Well, maybe not the beach. But a restaurant that’s sunny, bright and decorated with surf boards and palapas.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, Hurricane Sports Grill will open at the shiny new Tyler Pointe development at 13th and Tyler, and franchisee Austin Kinzle invited us in for a look. You can get a behind-the-scenes look by viewing the attached video.

The restaurant is part of a chain based out of West Palm Beach, Fla., that has 80 restaurants across the country. The closest one to Wichita is in Iowa.

When Kinzle decided he wanted to get into the restaurant business, he looked at many concepts. But this one stood out for its bright, fun atmosphere and quality food, he said. He also liked that it was a change of pace from restaurants already operating in Wichita.

Hurricane Sports Grill’s menu is large, and its specialty is its wings with 35 different types of dipping sauces. It also serves street tacos, burgers, sandwiches, salads and entrees like steak, ribs and grilled shrimp. Kinzle said his menu favorites are the wings and the mushroom Swiss burger.

The restaurant has 142 seats, 28 high definituion television sets that will be playing sporting events and a large outdoor soon-to-be covered patio with a two-way fireplace. The interior is done up in bright, beachy colors with tall ceilings and exposed duct work.

The new restaurant serves lots of rum-based fruity drinks plus beer and wine. Its famous Key Lime pie is shipped in from Florida, Kinzle said. He plans to open an east Wichita restaurant, too, then will take the concept to the Kansas City area.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

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