Carrie Rengers

Owner of Bravo's to open bistro downtown

A third new Italian restaurant is coming to Wichita.

Kas Zendeli, who owns Bravo's Italiani in Valley Center, is opening Italian Bistro in the former Restaurant 155 space in the Market Centre downtown at First and Market.

This follows news from Melad Stephan , who is opening Luca Italian Kitchen in his former Uptown Bistro space in Old Town Square later this month.

Bocco Deli owner Nathan Toubia , who used to work for Lidia's in Kansas City, also is opening an Italian restaurant. His as-of-yet-unnamed business is opening soon in the former Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe space near Central and Oliver.

Zendeli, who is Albanian, plans a traditional Italian menu for his new restaurant. He's keeping his Valley Center restaurant, too.

Is he a glutton for punishment having two restaurants in two cities?

"Every business is punishment," Zendeli says. "Since 1969 I'm in this punishment."

He's been in America since 1987. He moved from Dallas to Valley Center two years ago.

Zendeli is opening in Wichita at the demand of customers, he says.

Patrick Ahern with Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented the landlord in the deal, and Kirk Royse with J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Zendeli.

"The customers make me, to be honest."

Though Zendeli is opening soon, he won't say when exactly because he wants to have a soft opening without a crush of diners.

"Better to get prepared."

Told you so

Hate to pull an "I told you so," but it was about a month ago when Have You Heard? declared that mattress stores are almost giving yogurt shops a run for their money with so many opening in Wichita.

Further proof:

Wichita's third Beds For Less store will open Thursday at 3236 N. Rock Road. That's in the same center as Buffalo Wild Wings .

Owner Dustin Pullman says all the new competition doesn't bother him a bit.

He opened his first Beds For Less at 6821 E. Kellogg in 2004. A West Kellogg site followed along with one in Manhattan.

Pullman will keep the East Kellogg store in addition to opening the Rock Road one.

He likes the new 3,100-square-foot space for its visibility and high traffic counts.

Kris Wessel and Nathan Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

Pullman says this will be it for more Wichita Beds For Less stores.

"Probably at least for now it will."

You don't say

"I must say I am glad to see a new future for the place that was my grandma's pride and joy for many years!!!"

_ Michael Kasselman's e-mail about his grandmother, former Dyne Quik owner Marie Shoemaker , and how Richard Jack and his family have restored the restaurant at 1202 N. Broadway