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She opened her Riverside restaurant the week after closing her downtown cafe

Raquel Ramirez, known for her cinnamon rolls, has just opened Roxie’s on the River.
Raquel Ramirez, known for her cinnamon rolls, has just opened Roxie’s on the River. The Wichita Eagle

Riverside has a new restaurant, and its owner hopes to lure nearby residents with the aromas wafting from her grill.

The only downside: To focus fully on her restaurant, the owner of the new Roxie's in Riverside has decided to close her original eatery The Lunchbox, a little cafe on the ground floor of the High Touch Technology building at 110 S. Main. Her last day there was June 15.

Roxie's, though, opened last week in the tiny hut at 828 W. 11th St. that most recently had held Chiquita's Corner. Owner Raquel Ramirez had hoped to have it open sooner, she said, but issues with the space and a family emergency slowed her down.

She plans to operate Roxie's — which she describes as an ice cream and snack shop — Wednesdays through Sundays, she said. She'll serve slushie drinks, ice cream sundaes, her baked goods (including her famous cinnamon rolls) plus snacks like chips and salsa and hotdogs. On the weekends, she plans to fire up her two big flat-top grills and cook a special on it, things like enchiladas, burgers and grilled street tacos.

The space has no indoor seating but has a big patio where Riverside residents like to gather.

"I think the weekends are going to be my prime time, when I get the grill going and people start smelling the enchiladas," she said.

Ramirez is planning a big ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. She doesn't have her liquor license yet, she said, but is still thinking about getting one and serving drinks, including alcoholic shaved ice, on the patio.

In the meantime, she said, she had to let The Lunchbox go. She'd lost too much business since King of Freight moved out of the building last year.

"It just got really slow, and then this came up," she said. "I decided I wanted to do Roxie's in Riverside and decided I really wanted to get it going."

Ramirez said she's still trying to decide exactly what her hours will be but will likely stay open from about 9 a.m. until 7 or 8 p.m. on the weekdays and until about 9 or 10 p.m. on weekends.

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