Bocco Deli owner Nathan Toubia confirms what Have You Heard? reported last week: He's opening a second restaurant in July in the former Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe space near Central and Oliver.
The concept will be different than Bocco Deli, which sells soup, sandwiches and salads.
The new place will be Italian.
"This will be more full-scale pasta dishes," Toubia says. "A lot of the dishes that I did... when I worked at Lidia's in Kansas City."
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There will be fresh pasta, cannelloni and steak.
The new restaurant is as of yet unnamed.
"I'm not fully committed on the name," Toubia says. "It's a big decision."
Bocco Deli will remain open as well with shorter hours. The new hours, which are effective now, will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Toubia is remodeling the former Sugar Sisters space, which had a pink-and-brown color scheme and a large counter along the south wall.
He's altering the counter area to create more seating. Currently, there are about 50 seats in the restaurant. When Toubia is through remodeling, there will be about 60.
He's opening the kitchen area as well, and there will be a window where diners can see into the kitchen.
Toubia is a tad coy when asked about other future restaurants.
Will this be it?
"For now, yes."
So does that mean perhaps he'd like a restaurant empire similar to his late father Antoine's ?
"Well, yeah," Toubia says. "I think that's what I was meant to do, so we'll see where it takes me."
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate has been busy doing a lot of leases lately, including a couple that will help beautify Wichita.
He and Andrea Cavgalar of Prudential Dinning-Beard Realtors handled a deal to bring Twice As Nice Barbershop to the 21st and Woodlawn area by MobileComm .
Owner Jeremie McGlory will open in early June with eight barbers, but he's looking for some stylists, too.
"The goal for me is to try to get to where we can have a whole family come in," he says.
McGlory has been cutting hair for a while and just graduated from the Old Town Barber College this spring.
On the west side of town, Denelle Farber is moving her First Class Hair from Reflection Ridge Plaza at 21st and Ridge where the salon has been for 11 years to Lakeridge Business Park across the intersection at 2260 N. Ridge Road.
"It's kind of bittersweet, but things change," Farber says.
The new space, which will be ready at the end of June or beginning of July, is 1,200 square feet compared with the salon's 3,200 square feet.
"We really expanded our salon, but... times change and hairdressers get older, too, you know," Farber says. "This will be a great space for us also."
Piros handled this deal as well.
"We've got a very good clientele," Farber says, "and I think most of them are going to be moving with us, which we are very happy about."
Not all the stylists are coming, though.
There will be six stylists and two massage therapists at the new space, which compares with eight stylists, two massage therapists and a nail technician at the current space.
Although the salon is downsizing, Farber says, "Things are really busy right now."
There's a Papa Murphy's coming to Auburn Pointe , Occidental Management's almost 40,000-square-foot development at 135th West and Maple.
This leaves only three spaces left at the 4-year-old center.
Occidental chairman and CEO Gary Oborny handled the deal, and Troy Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented the Papa Murphy's corporation.
Oborny says the new restaurant, which has what it calls "take 'n' bake" pizzas, will feature the chain's new sign design.
"They have a really cool new sign design."
You don't say
"I've always wanted to go to the pumpkin patch. Maybe now I'll be able to."
—Wichita schools chief operations officer Martin Libhart , joking about how he'll have time for field trips with his grandchildren after he retires in August