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Jimmie’s Diner to open in former west-side Ciao Italian Kitchen space

Jimmie's Diner will open in the former Ciao Italian Kitchen, near 21st and Tyler. (Nov. 20, 2015)
Jimmie's Diner will open in the former Ciao Italian Kitchen, near 21st and Tyler. (Nov. 20, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

It’s true that Jimmie’s Diner owner Jack Davidson has some news, but don’t take his description of it literally.

“Well, I’m going to have a baby,” the longtime restaurateur says.

He and his wife, Linda, and their son, Joe, are opening their third Jimmie’s in the former Ciao Italian Kitchen space at 21st and Tyler where Tommy’s was before that.

The Davidsons purchased the Jimmie’s at 3111 N. Rock Road in 2007 and then in 2012 opened a second one of the 1950s-style diners in the former Toc’s Coffeehouse space at at Harry and George Washington Boulevard.

Davidson says that “When you coming west?” is “the most common question I get in the diner.”

He says he wanted to take his time and pick just the right space.

“We really didn’t want to be on the Maize corridor because of so much traffic and so many other restaurants.”

He says he already fights plenty of congestion on North Rock Road.

Davidson says the former Ciao’s space has “wonderful visibility on 21st Street (and) nice open parking lots.”

He says he also appreciates that it’s across from the west-side Warren Theatre.

“We think there’s a lot of good traffic there and a lot of nice rooftops.”

He says residential is a key factor for his business.

The restaurant will open in January following extensive remodeling.

Davidson says the newest Jimmie’s likely won’t be the last to open.

“You know, I’m an old guy, so it might be for me, but I would like to see the brand develop and continue to move forward,” he says. “We think there’s a lot of opportunities.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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