Carrie Rengers

Former Sweet Basil partner plans Italian concept for Old Town Square

Former Sweet Basil partner Diem Phan is working on a lease for the former Hana Next Door space, next to Hana Cafe.
Former Sweet Basil partner Diem Phan is working on a lease for the former Hana Next Door space, next to Hana Cafe. The Wichita Eagle

Former Sweet Basil partner Diem Phan, who likes to joke that she’s half Italian, has plans to open a new Italian restaurant in Old Town Square.

Phan is working on a lease for the former Hana Next Door space, which is, of course, next to Hana Cafe.

Most recently, Phan had a couple of small Asian restaurants, which she sold.

Now, she plans what she calls home-cooked Italian fast food.

The space would allow Phan to have seating for 32 people, but she says she also would focus on carry-out food and catering.

She says lunch will be a significant part of her business but is too short to be her whole business, so she’ll likely be open till 8 p.m. for dinner as well.

Most meals will be in the $5 to $8 range, Phan says.

She says she hasn’t decided how many days of the week she’ll be open yet.

Phan says she’ll share more information in a couple of weeks after she signs a lease. She says she hopes to be open no later than June, though Phan says it could be by the end of May if all goes well.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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