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Wichita’s new Cheesecake Company is open

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The new Wichita Cheesecake Company is finally ready to go. Friday, April 26, is opening day for the business, which will sell cheesecake by the slice, whole cheesecakes and coffee drinks from the canopy at Union Station that Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice 21+ recently vacated.

Mark and Grace Daniels will open the business at 1 p.m. at 710 E. Douglas and will offer samples to people who stop by. They’ll have about 10 flavors to choose from, which will rotate. They make 35 different types of cheesecake overall.

To start off with, they won’t have any seating. They’re still waiting for Union Station to deliver tables and chairs for their outdoor patio. The inside of the shop is really only big enough for a counter.

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Wichita Cheesecake Company is about to open a tiny cafe at Union Station. Courtesy photo

When they get established, the Daniels have said, they hope to add a food menu to go along with their desserts.

The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays but will likely stay open until 8 p.m. once summer arrives, Mark Daniels said.

The Daniels started Wichita Cheesecake Company as a cheesecake business that would occasionally serve at events around town. The company was initially born out of Grace’s love for cheesecake, which she said she first tasted as a 13-year-old girl at a family dinner. She loved it so much, she learned how to make cheesecake, and as an adult, she would serve her cakes at family functions and for special occasions. Her family would encourage her to consider opening a cheesecake business.

When they decided to expand their bakery into a restaurant, they said that they hoped to provide a “viable alternative” to Wichita’s much-desired but never-achieved Cheesecake Factory.

To place an order for a whole cheesecake, visit www.wichitacheesecakecompany.com.

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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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