Dining With Denise Neil

Sweet Basil kicking off its comeback with Midwest Winefest appearance

Sweet Basil will make its first public outing at Saturday’s Midwest Winefest Grand Tasting.
Sweet Basil will make its first public outing at Saturday’s Midwest Winefest Grand Tasting. File photo

The wait continues for the return of Sweet Basil, the restaurant at 2424 N. Woodlawn that has been closed since a fire more than a year ago. After multiple delays, owner Charli Singh now says he should be able to reopen on May 1 – but he’s not making any definite, for sure promises until after he hears the results of his Health Department inspection.

But fans of the restaurant need wait only about 48 more hours to get a taste of Sweet Basil’s food again.

The restaurant will celebrate its impending reemergence on Saturday, when it participates in the Midwest Winefest’s grand tasting, scheduled for 6-9 p.m. at Century II.

Sweet Basil has been a Winefest mainstay for years, though it missed last year’s for obvious reasons. At Saturday’s grand tasting, it will be serving its penna pasta primavera with chicken and a strawberry daiquiri fudge brownie.

Singh says he has all his staff hired and that customers will recognize many familiar faces when the restaurant reopens. Several former staffers have decided to return.

The building was gutted and got a half-million dollar makeover. The dining room is brand new and barely resembles the Sweet Basil from before.

Midwest Winefest Grand Tasting tickets are $66 at the door or in advance at 316-219-4849, at the Century II box office or at www.wichitatix.com.

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