Dining With Denise Neil

Fire-damaged Wichita restaurant reopened on Thursday

The Stroud’s Kitchen just after the fire, above, and now, below. The restaurant reopens on Thursday.
The Stroud’s Kitchen just after the fire, above, and now, below. The restaurant reopens on Thursday.

Stroud’s is repaired and open.

The restaurant at 3661 N. Hillside, which has been closed since a kitchen fire in early July, reopened on Thursday. The fire damaged the kitchen but spared the dining room areas.

Stroud’s, which serves family-style fried chicken dinners and more, opened in 1993.

It has resumed its normal business hours, which are 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 4 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Meanwhile, Sweet Basil owners say that restaurant’s reopening will be delayed even longer than expected.

The Italian restaurant at 2424 N. Woodlawn also had a kitchen fire, which caused an estimated $400,000 damage. It’s been closed since early April.

Owner Charli Singh is giving the restaurant an extensive remodel. Initially, he hoped to be reopened in August. Then, he changed it to October.

But earlier this week on Facebook, he said it will be February 2015.

“We hope to be back by Valentines Day but can't give an exact date at this point,” he wrote. “Thank you for your well wishes. We miss you all and can't wait to break bread with you once again.”

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