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Tuesday is grand opening day for a unique Wichita restaurant and coffee shop that will combine two delicious things not usually sold together — coffee and poke.
Oh, and it will have Dole Whip.
Crafted, which is opening in a just-built strip center at 21st and Webb, is a new concept by the owners of PokeMix Hawaiian Fusion, the unique build-your-own poke store that opened at 8918 W. 21st St. in 2017.
The new shop has the same poke bar that west-side customers love, but it doubles as a coffee shop and offers a full coffee house menu, including drip coffee, espresso drinks, frappes, smoothies and tea. The menu also includes a few breakfast sandwiches and some non-poke lunch offerings including sandwiches and avocado toast.
There’s also a dessert menu that includes items like mochi ice cream, creme brulee, cheese cake and tiramisu.
Most impressive: Crafted will have a rare-to-Wichita Dole Whip machine, which creates dairy-free, fruit soft serve in flavors like pineapple, mango and raspberry. The treat originated at Disneyland in the 1980s and has since developed a cult-like following.
You can see the complete Crafted menu below, though owners are still adjusting prices.
Owners Mike Brotemarkle, John Nguyen and Mike Nguyen have created a modern, comfortable dining room with a long community bar table fitted with convenient plugins plus booth seating and a comfortable living room setup. There are also a few high-top game tables for customers to enjoy.
The owners have said they hope the shop, which also has a spacious outdoor patio in front, will draw crowds from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as students from Wichita State University.
Opening day hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. After that, hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.