Dining With Denise Neil

Two sweet new restaurants are opening in the Wichita area this week

The Wichita area is getting two sweet new businesses this week.

One is a second location of a frozen custard stand. The other is a modern new version of a well-known doughnut and coffee shop that you may now refer to simply as “Dunkin’.”

The new Andy’s Frozen Custard, which will be Wichita’s second, will open on Wednesday at 9750 E. 21st St. The shop is opening in a brand -new building next to a brand-new strip center at the corner of 21st and Webb, right across the street from Greystone Steak & Seafood.

It’ll have the same setup as the store that franchisee Brian Cates opened near 21st and Maize Road in March 2017. The shop doesn’t have indoor seating but does have a drive-through, a walk-up window and outdoor seating.

Wichita’s second Andy’s Frozen Custard will open on the east side of Wichita this week. Jeffrey Sweet Courtesy

Both shops are part of a Missouri-based chain that advertises its practice of making custard fresh every hour. Its menu includes concretes, sundaes, malts, shakes, floats, banana splits and more.

The new shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Weekend hours will extend to midnight after Memorial Day.

This week also will see the opening of the area’s newest Dunkin’. (You might recall that the chain officially dropped the word “Donut” from its name at the beginning of the year to emphasize its focus on coffee drinks.)

The Wichita area’s latest shop will be at 2560 N. Rock Road in Derby, and although franchisee Dan Day doesn’t know exactly what day he will open, it will be sometime this week, he said.

“Derby is growing like crazy,” Day said. “There’s just a lot of excitement down here.”

This will be the first “next generation” Dunkin’ store in the area, Day said. People who are used to the Wichita and Andover stores will notice a few changes, including a new design and new colors. The doughnuts will displayed prominently in a case at the front counter rather than behind the register.

Also, the new stores have a system of taps that look like beer taps but dispense cold-brew coffees and iced tea. One of them is a nitrogen-infused cold brew, which Day says “tastes like Guinness. It’s very smooth and has a head.”

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The new Dunkin’ stores, including the one opening in Derby this week, feature a tap system that dispenses cold-brew coffee and iced tea. Courtesy photo

The Derby store, which will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, will be the fourth Dunkin’ store that Day and his father, Doug, have opened in the Wichita area. But it won’t be the last.

They’re planning their fifth, also built with the new design, for a spot just to the north of Jimmy John’s on Rock Road in Wichita. It should be ready in September, he said.

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.