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Little Monk's coming to the south side

The first of what could be three or four Wichita-area restaurants called Little Monk’s Asian Grill is going to open by June 1 at 4734 S. Broadway.

“We thought this was a great location for our first venture,” says Jose Mendez, who is opening the restaurant with Nathan Gasser. “We’re trying to be value priced, but our food will be the best that you can have.”

Most entrees, which Mendez says will have a largely Chinese influence, will be in the $5 to $6 range.

Mendez describes the restaurant as fast casual, meaning it’s a step up from fast food, but it’s not a traditional full-service restaurant.

The Little Monk’s name came after a lot of thought.

“We brainstormed a ton of names,” Mendez says.

They thought Little Monk’s is catchy and fun, which Mendez says should match the bright and colorful atmosphere at the restaurant.

“It’s pretty playful.”

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