Wichita has a river, but it doesn’t have a whole lot of river-front dining.
Now, there’s a new option in a place people might not think to go.
Roxie’s on the River is a new breakfast and lunch cafe that opened earlier this week inside the Farm Credit Bank Building at 245 N. Waco. It’s owned by Raquel Ramirez, who also has Roxie’s in Riverside.
The cafe is set up in a space on the building’s ground level that has been completely overhauled by the new owners, Delano Investment LLC, which purchased the building in 2017.
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It has a slick new white-and-gray interior, an all-new kitchen and patio seating that faces the river.
The building has long had a cafe in the space that caters to the 500 or so people who work there and is also open to the public. For a time, it was run by Truffles, the group that once had the cafe in the Wichita Art Museum. Most recently, it was called Cafe 245 and was operated by Corporate Caterers, but that closed just before the cafe remodel started in May.
The building’s new owners decided to revamp the cafe and launched a search for someone to run it. They approached Ramirez, who had experience running an office-building cafe. Until earlier this year, she owned and ran The Lunchbox, a little eatery on the ground floor of the High Touch Technology building at 110 S. Main. While there, she gained a following for her cinnamon rolls.
Roxie’s on the River is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It offers a set breakfast and lunch menu with items like biscuits and gravy, cheeseburgers and a variety of sandwiches. It also offers a salad bar, and Ramirez said she’ll cook up a special each day — things like tacos, chili with cornbread and sloppy Joes.
There’s seating for about 100 in the new dining room, and the patio holds 30. Roxie’s on the River is open to the public, not just the Farm Credit Bank Building employees.
Ramirez said she’s excited about her new venture, but she’s not sure what the future of her Roxie’s in Riverside will be.
At the moment, the little walk-up-snack stand in the former Chiquita’s Corner space at 11th and Bitting is closed. Business has been slow, she said, but she’ll reopen on Nov. 30 and see if things pick up. If not, she’ll close for the season and reopen in the spring. She’ll make a final decision on whether to keep the building after that, she said.
“I really love that place,” she said. “I really wanted that spot. I hate to let it go. I really do.”