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Angelo’s owner now aiming for end-of-the-year opening

There’s a little activity going on inside the future home of Angelo’s at 5231 E. Central. Owner Jack Fasciano says he now hopes to be open by the end of the year.
There’s a little activity going on inside the future home of Angelo’s at 5231 E. Central. Owner Jack Fasciano says he now hopes to be open by the end of the year. The Wichita Eagle

Initially, Jack Fasciano hoped he could get his new incarnation of Angelo’s open at 5231 E. Central by Thanksgiving.

But things didn’t move as quickly as he’d hoped – they rarely do when it comes to opening new restaurants – and he’s had to readjust his aim. Now, Fasciano said, he’s hoping to have the restaurant open by the end of this year in two spaces in a strip center, which formerly held the Papa John’s corporate offices near Central and Edgemoor.

“We missed Christmas, and that’s a big disappointment,” he said on Monday morning.

Fasciano said he’s waiting on his plans to be approved by the city, and once they are, he’ll be able to start construction. He’s not doing any major rebuilding – just building a bathroom, adding a door between the suites and fixing up the parking lot – so it should take only about three weeks after all the approvals come in, he said.

Once he’s open, Fasciano said, he plans to sell take-and-bake items like pizza and manicotti while he’s training his staff and finishing the dining room. Then, he’ll start regular lunch and dinner service, offering more quick-hit items at lunch like pizza by the slice, hot pastas from a steam table and hot and cold subs, then a full dinner menu that includes wine, beer, Italian pastries and a special Italian blend coffee.

The dining room will seat 52.

Earlier this year, Fasciano launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to move his take-and-bake business, which he’d been operating for years out of his home, to a storefront location. He was able to raise $40,000 and offered contributors various prizes, from free pizzas to Angelo’s hats. He used that money as collateral to secure two more $20,000 loans, he said, and has been using the money to buy used equipment for the restaurant, which he originally planned to put in the old Toni D’s space at 650 N. Carriage Parkway.

Fasciano, who closed the last Angelo’s, at 1930 S. Oliver, in 2006, is the son of Angelo’s founders Angelo and Anna, who got their start making pizzas out of the basement of their house in the late 1950s. At one point, five Angelo’s were operating across the city. The family also had restaurants in Andover, Hutchinson and Tulsa. Anna Fasciano died of complications from diabetes in March 2004. Angelo died a year later, in March 2005.

Stay tuned for updates on Angelo’s opening date.

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