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Mediterraneo to open in Italian Garden space

WICHITA — There’s a new restaurant that will move into the space the east-side Italian Garden is vacating.

Moe Hlayhel is opening Mediterraneo, which he says is Italian for Mediterranean. Hlayhel says he’ll feature foods from countries along the Mediterranean Sea.

“Of course, there will be a lot of pasta,” he says.

Hlayhel is a native of Lebanon. He’s worked at various Wichita restaurants, including Italian Garden. Most recently, he lived in Bahrain and worked at a company where he developed restaurant concepts and menus and helped bring restaurants to the country.

Mediterraneo will open in about three weeks, and Hlayhel says he’ll share more details about his menu closer to that time.

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