Dining With Denise Neil

Two new Wichita restaurants opened this week

September is going to be a big month for restaurant additions in Wichita, and it started this week when two new ones opened.

One is Da Chicken Shak & More at 2428 W. 13th St. Tuesday was the opening day for the restaurant, a new concept by the owners of Da Cajun Shak. It’s an order-at-the-counter place that focuses on chicken tenders with dipping sauces and will also serve the fried Cajun specialties people love at Da Cajun Shak — chicken strips, gator, shrimp, crawfish and catfish.

The restaurant had a “soft opening” last week, when friends and family and those who wandered by were invited in for a test run. Owner Chris Granger said he was more than happy with the results.

“It blew our minds,” he said. “What really sets us apart is that we’re not just another chicken place. It’s the ‘and more,’ the gator and the crawfish and the shrimp and the catfish.”

The new restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.

The other restaurant that opened this week is the long-awaited Freddy’s Frozen Custard at 3450 S. Meridian, right across from the South Branch YMCA. Freddy’s said

The restaurant is Wichita’s fifth Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (sixth if you count the kiosk that recently opened inside WSU’s Rhatigan Student Center).

The 3,095-square-foot restaurant seats 108 with more seating on the patio. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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