Dining With Denise Neil

Bierocks, cinnamon rolls will be all that’s on the menu at this new Wichita food business

How to make beef and cabbage bierocks

This recipe for bierocks, also known as German stuffed rolls, from Team Bequette features dough filled with cabbage, hamburger, and onions. Green bell pepper and garlic are also added. Music: Italian Afternoon by Twin Musicom.
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This recipe for bierocks, also known as German stuffed rolls, from Team Bequette features dough filled with cabbage, hamburger, and onions. Green bell pepper and garlic are also added. Music: Italian Afternoon by Twin Musicom.

Lori and Jim Want took over the former Twisted Java coffee shop at 2615 W. 13th St. last year, renaming it Want Coffee and making it their own.

And part of making it their own included adding Lori’s famous homemade bierocks and cinnamon rolls to the menu. They’ve been two of the shop’s best sellers ever since.

They sell so well that the couple decided they might be worthy of their own business. Later this month, the Wants plan to open Want Bierock Co., a food trailer that will take Lori’s in-demand creations all over town.

The couple has had the trailer for a year, Lori said.

“We just didn’t’ know what we were supposed to do with it,” she said. “But the business with the bierocks and the cinnamon rolls has just grown so much.”

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Want Bierock Co. is a new food truck by the owners of Want Coffee on West 13th Street. Courtesy

Jim just retired from his longtime job at the railroad and now plans to devote his time to the truck, which will stock only bierocks, cinnamon rolls and drinks.

The couple hopes to take the trailer around town to usual food truck hot spots like pop-up parks and rallies. It’s also already on the books for a couple of fundraisers and events, including an April 27 shopping event called At the Market for Women, which will be at the Red Roof Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg.

There was one interesting issue the couple faced when planning the truck.

They originally hoped to name the trailer Wichita Bierock Company, but when they tried to start a Facebook page and website, they discovered that name was already taken. The pages were created last year, Lori said, and they appear to belong to a group of school kids working on creating a fictitious business.

They tried and tried to reach the creators to ask if they could have the name but were unable to get in touch with anyone.

To find out when the new bierock truck will be out and about, follow its Facebook and Instagram pages, where the location will be updated frequently.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.
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