Dining With Denise Neil

Soon, Wichita's west side will have fast access to fried chicken, gator and shrimp

Da Chicken Shak & More is open on West 13th Street.
Da Chicken Shak & More is open on West 13th Street. The Wichita Eagle

The sign went up on Friday, ending the mystery about where Da Cajun Shak owners would put their west-side restaurant, a sister-concept that will focus on chicken.

Da Chicken Shak & More is under construction now at 2428 W. 13th Street, a space that previously held WOW Cakes and was once home to Bubba's Nekked BBQ. It's a standalone building across the street from the strip center that holds The Copper Oven and Indian Hills Ace Hardware.

Owner Chris Granger said the restaurant should be ready to open by early to mid-August.

The restaurant will be an offshoot of the Granger family's Da Cajun Shak, which has operated since 2005 at 6249 E. 21st St., but it won't be the same. It will be an order-at-the-counter place that focuses on chicken tenders with dipping sauces, and it'll also serve the fried Cajun specialties people love at Da Cajun Shak.

"I do want to really specify that this is not Da Cajun Shak," Chris Granger said. "It will have all the fried Cajun food like chicken strips, gator, shrimp and crawfish, just none of the cooked Cajun food."

The menu also will include fried catfish.

The restaurant is owned by Granger's wife, Patty, and son Tim, who will continue running Da Cajun Shak. Chris Granger's middle son, Billy Granger, will run Da Chicken Shak & More.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The inside of the new space will seat 25 to 30 people and will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

I'll let you know when it's' ready to open.

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