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Unique menu for an about-to-open Wichita restaurant includes a Disney cult favorite

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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.

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Crafted. a new coffee shop meets poke restaurant, is set to open early next week on Wichita’s east side. Courtesy photo

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.

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Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.
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