Dining With Denise Neil

Many Wichita restaurants should finally open in May

Just look at that pretty west-side Abuelo’s. It’s almost ready to open.
Just look at that pretty west-side Abuelo’s. It’s almost ready to open. The Wichita Eagle

The waiting game is finally coming to an end for those excited about some soon-to-open Wichita restaurants.

Here’s a rundown on the latest updates:

Sweet Basil, 2424 N. Woodlawn: It’s open! Charli Singh, who’s been out of business since a fire burned his restaurant more than a year ago, opened the doors of his completely remodeled Italian restaurant on Friday. For now, its hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Once it works out some kinks, the restaurant may go forward with its plan of remaining open all day and starting a happy hour.

Qdoba Mexican Grill, 430 N. Rock Road: This build-your-own burrito chain will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. It’s in the former Yen Ching space and serves customizable burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas and more. It’ll be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Rita’s Italian Ice, 1021 E. Douglas: Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchisees Jeff and Jay Miller will open their second Rita’s next to their Five Guys downtown on East Douglas just east of Washington on May 13 and will celebrate by serving free ice all day. The brothers also have a Wichita Rita’s next to their Five Guys at 29th and Rock Road. The store will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily.

Barroco Mexican Grill, 2330 N. Maize Road: The owners of this new Tex-Mex restaurant have their attractive sign in place on the former Kobe Steak House of Japan space they’re taking over. But they still need a few more weeks to be ready, an owner said. Look for a late May opening.

Molino’s, 7817 E. 37th St. North: Mario Quiroz’s east-side Molino’s is coming together, and Quiroz says he’s now hoping to open during the last week of May. The original Molino’s is at 1064 N. Waco.

Abuelo’s, Taft and Ridge Road: The sign is up on the west-side location of this popular Mexican restaurant, which opened in the Waterfront at 13th and Webb in 2004, and it should be ready to go by the end of May or first of June, its general manger Chuck Oullette said. The building will be about 8,000 square feet and will have a patio but will not have the cloudy sky ceiling that the east-side store has.

Hurts Donut Company: This 24-hour doughnut shop, which will feature whimsically-topped-and-stuffed cake and yeast doughnuts, birthday parties and more, has started work inside its west-side location and will announce it soon, said owner and Valley Center native Kas Clegg. She’s still hoping for an early May or early June opening.

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria, 535 N. Woodlawn: The east-side location of this popular restaurant and brewery should open on June 1 in the former Kyoto Steak House of Japan space near Central and Woodlawn. It will offer the same beer and menu items as the original west-side restaurant, which opened in the summer of 2011 at 8815 W. 13th St.