Since the successful opening of Wichita’s third Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads & Grill near Central and Hillside a year ago, owners Tammi and Scott Kuthan continue to hear a request that they didn’t hear when they opened their restaurant on the east and west sides.
“Why are you not coming to Derby?” customers asked, Tammi Kuthan says.
She and her husband had been looking at Derby and south Wichita, but the requests made them select Derby.
“Derby is growing, and to us, it just has that hometown feeling to it, and we feel like we will just be a great fit,” Kuthan says.
The restaurant will open late this summer in the Town Square at the Oaks center at 2307 N. Rock Road.
At 3,170 square feet, the site is slightly larger than the College Hill Doc Green’s, which is the largest of three open so far.
Kuthan says parking and accessibility are great at the center.
Though the Derby choice may be a bit of a blow to south-siders, who already feel left out of Wichita’s restaurant scene, Kuthan says she and her husband are still interested in a possible Doc Green’s there one day, too.
“We really like to stay locally,” she says. “We like being hands-on.”
For anyone who hasn’t been to a Doc Green’s, Kuthan says it’s like a Chipotle in that diners walk through a line, choose toppings and watch their food as it is made.
In addition to the salads that it is known for, Doc Green’s offers paninis and entrees as well. Kuthan says the entrees often are popular items with men.
Sometimes “you can tell they’re being drug in,” she says. Kuthan says they leave saying, “Wow, we love this place.”
She says Doc Green’s has “that healthy-as-you-want-to-be mentality.”
The Kuthans recently added nutritional information for the restaurant, which is not a franchise, on its website.
“The process to get that done was quite time consuming,” Tammi Kuthan says.
She says it was important to help customers be able to make the healthiest choices.
Kuthan says the College Hill restaurant did well from the start but has gotten a boost from Uber Eats, the service in which Uber drivers deliver food.
In the case of the College Hill Doc Green’s, Uber Eats isn’t going far, though. Kuthan says drivers simply go from the restaurant, which is just south of Wesley Medical Center, up to the hospital over and over again.
“It’s like a little shuttle service.”
Look for more information on the Derby Doc Green’s opening in August or September.
Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.