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Uptown Landing developer’s ground-floor wish list includes another restaurant

Uptown Landing, the apartment building under construction at Douglas and Rutan, will have several businesses on the first floor and likely at least one more restaurant.
Uptown Landing, the apartment building under construction at Douglas and Rutan, will have several businesses on the first floor and likely at least one more restaurant. The Wichita Eagle

We already know one delicious detail about developer Mike Brand’s plans for the ground floor of his new Uptown Landing, the swanky new apartment building going up at the corner of Douglas and Rutan just east of Hillside.

Last month, Wine Dive and The Hill Bar & Grill owners Brad and Brent Steven announced that they will open Vora Restaurant European in 5,375 square feet on the southeast corner of the building’s main floor.

That still leaves about 5,500 square feet, and Brand has definite ideas about what types of businesses he’d like to have move into the space.

On the top of his wish list is “a small little breakfast place” that would appeal both to his tenants and the surrounding neighborhood, which includes The Hillcrest right across the street.

He also would like to attract a specialty liquor store, one that also sells cigars, he said.

“We actually have been talking to a couple of different people but have no one on the hook yet,” he said. “We’re trying to get it going.”

The available square footage could accommodate two or maybe three additional businesses, he said.

The first phase of the upper-level apartments at Uptown Landing is scheduled to be ready in September. The Stevens said they plan to have Vora ready to go in time to have a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party in the space.

The restaurant will specialize predominantly in French and Italian cuisine but the menu also will have food influenced by Spain, Germany, Greece and Portugal. It will be open at both lunch and dinner, will have a brick pizza oven, a happy hour with charcuterie, and a refined wine list.

The atmosphere will be bright and airy with tile floors, the brothers said, and they’ll have room for a big outdoor patio. The interior will be full of natural light, will seat about 220 people and will have private dining space.

Stay tuned for updates about who Vora’s neighbors will be.

Wine Dive co-owner Brad Steven on why he thinks he and his brother, Brent, won the Wine Spectator's coveted two-glass Award of Excellence. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle/July 6, 2016

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