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A list of eating places Wichita can look forward to in 2021

Jan. 7—The yr 2020 was an unsettling and hard just one for the restaurant marketplace, and Wichita missing quite a few beloved eateries.

But in the course of the 12 months, new places to eat ongoing to open up, and entrepreneurs and national chains continued to announce plans to open up even a lot more in 2021.

If you happen to be needing one thing to search forward to this yr — and are not we all? — here’s my annual checklist of dining establishments that are scheduled to open in 2021.

Hold in intellect that additional will pop up as the 12 months progresses, but this checklist — which includes Mexican food, fried hen, barbecue and burgers galore — is undoubtedly a good get started.


Tacos tj 664, 1014 N. West St.: This taco restaurant opened a small extra than a calendar year back at 803 N. West St. and has considering the fact that obtained a large following. But the entrepreneurs are now going the cafe from the previous Sonic constructing to a bigger room a handful of blocks to the north. It should really be prepared to go by mid-January, house owners say.

Los Cunados, 4559 N. Woodlawn: Fernando Aguirre, who owns the Playa Azul restaurant in Augusta, has partnered with his brother-in-regulation, Hector Onate, and strategies to open up a new Mexican cafe in the old Bob & Luigi’s place in Bel Aire. They are aiming for a late January opening.

Los Cabos Cantina & Grill, 3827 W. 13th St.: A new restaurant established to go into the outdated Los Compadres Mexican Grill house really should be open someday this thirty day period, explained operator Chris Martinez. He’s just ready for inspections and to safe his liquor license. Martinez, who also owns El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant at 1320 E. Central, has shut that cafe quickly but explained he hopes to reopen it in February.

Slider Shak, 4628 S. Seneca: This cafe, which will serve mini burgers stuffed with burger patties, meatloaf, pulled pork and meatballs, really should be open by the conclusion of January, although it could possibly extend into February, said supervisor Michelle McMillan. It will have a travel-by means of as perfectly as a handful of tables inside of.

La Jerezana, 2227 N. Arkansas: A new Mexican restaurant is about to open in the building near 21st and Arkansas that served as the longtime residence of Taqueria El Paisa but that was most just lately occupied by Armando’s Mexican Grill II. Azsucena Ramos, who also owns a restaurant at 1318 S. Santa Fe Ave. in Salina termed La Jerezana, mentioned she hopes to have the restaurant open up by late January. It will serve genuine Mexican dishes, which include grilled steaks, road tacos and menudo. It will also have a total bar.

Applebee’s, 436 S. Andover Highway: This Applebee’s restaurant has been shut because May well 2019. But late last 12 months, Jon Rolph’s Thrive Cafe Team bought Jim Stevens’ 22 Applebee’s restaurants, like this a single, and now it is reopening it. Opening day is pinned for Jan. 27.

Sunflower Espresso, 500 S. Topeka: Kate Hutchens, who has run her Sunflower Espresso espresso bus considering the fact that 2014, is opening a tiny cafe inside the Fireworx Wichita place at 500 S. Topeka. It will have a wander-up window and will be open to the general public. She and her organization Michelle Barrett say they hope to have it open in January and have pinpointed Kansas Working day — Jan. 29 — as their preferred date.


Asian Wok, 2929 N. Rock Street: The house owners of the just-closed Cafe Asia, Yook and Mike Gan, are opening a new cafe in the former Rita’s Italian Ice area, following to 5 Men Burgers & Fries. It will provide some Cafe Asia favorites but also will aim on stir fry dishes built in stainless metal woks, fried appetizers, dumplings and other reliable Thai, Malaysian and Chinese dishes. The owners hope to open someday in February.

El Taquero, 1451 N. Broadway: The entrepreneurs of the just-shut Lina’s Mexican Restaurant at 4910 E. Central are opening a new restaurant in the previous La Chinta house, which has been vacant considering that the summer season of 2019. It will be a fast-foods Mexican location that also offers dine-in and a menu of burritos, tacos, all-day breakfast and seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail, ceviche and fried tilapia. It should open early to mid-February.

Area Flavor Grill and Tapworks, 5400 E. Central: Broadway Burgers proprietor Jeremy Snyder has been working for some time on his huge new cafe, which will element a bar with 12 taps serving local craft beer, burgers, barbecue and Mexican fare. He now claims he thinks he could have it open sometime in February. The 4,500-sq.-foot place will feature seating for 96, and he’s planning a patio on the building’s west side. It truly is likely into the former Gallery 54 Antiques room in a strip centre in the vicinity of Central and Edgemoor.

Birria tj 664, 803 N West St.: When they go their Tacos tj 664 restaurant to a bigger area on West Avenue in January, the proprietors will hold their primary place and convert it into a restaurant specializing in birria, a meat dish popular in the Mexican state of Jalisco that Tacos tj 664 has turn out to be acknowledged for. Owners hope to have the new cafe prepared in 6 months, which would place opening working day in late February.


Church’s Chicken, 593 E. Pawnee: Development has just started off on franchisee Mike Jizzini’s 3rd Church’s Chicken restaurant in Wichita, and it must be prepared to open by April or May perhaps, he said.

First fifty percent of 2021

Albero Bistro, K-96 and Greenwich: Hassan Ballout hasn’t supplied up on his ideas to open up a new cafe at Greenwich Place and now says he hopes to launch it for the duration of the initially fifty percent of 2021. He is been sitting down on the finished cafe considering the fact that summer, waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to subside. When it opens, the restaurant will have several of the exact same Italian dishes as his Albero Cafe, which he is operated at 4811 E. Central for the past five many years, but it will have more room and the menu will include things like “much more modern” Italian delicacies.

Carlos O’ Kelly’s, 11317 E 13th St. North: The Applebee’s at this address will close later this month, and Jon Rolph’s Prosper Cafe Group will convert it into a huge new Carlos O’ Kelly’s cafe. It will change the Carlos O’ Kellys at 29th and Rock, which will be transformed into an Applebee’s.

Spring 2021

750 Soul, 4601 E. 13th St.: Rhonda Williams shut her Rachel’s Kitchen area soul food items cafe at 818 N. Mosley in October 2018, and at any time considering the fact that, she’s been functioning toward reopening a new position with a new identify. Now, she says that her 750 Soul ought to open someday this spring in a area on East 13th Street that over the decades has been property to areas like Miller’s Bar-B-Que, Froggar’s BBQ and, most a short while ago, New Fantastic Wall Chinese restaurant. The cafe will provide the soul food dishes Williams was recognized for at Rachel’s Kitchen area, which includes catfish, rooster, collard greens, ham hocks and burgers. But at 750 Soul, Williams is partnering with her daughter, Nicole Williams, who will be injecting the menu with vegan soul food dishes as effectively.

Alzavino Wine Tavern, 1001 W. Douglas: Ken and Danielle Harmon system to open their new wine bar, which will function an innovative self-serve faucet procedure, in late spring in the former Coney Island Incredibly hot Weiners house in Delano. The bar will also serve weighty appetizers.

Summer time 2021

Torchy’s Tacos, 2901 N. Maize Street: Wichita’s initial Torchy’s Tacos opened in September at 21st and Rock. A 2nd just one has speedily absent up on North Maize Road and should be prepared to open by early summer season.

Sometime in 2021

Fatburger/Buffalo Express: This California-centered chain introduced late very last yr that it would open up a few restaurants in Wichita setting up in 2021. It hasn’t however mentioned just wherever or when the dining places will show up, but they’re going to be co-branded eateries that provide each burgers and meals from yet another Body fat Brands principle, Buffalo Categorical, which specializes in hen wings.

Taco Johns, 7107 W. 37th St. North: This speedy-food stuff chain, which presently has a single Wichita cafe connected to the Kwik Store at Kellogg and West, announced strategies to grow in Wichita more than the subsequent several yrs, incorporating four to six freestanding eating places. Their future go, nevertheless, is to open up another Kwik Shop-hooked up restaurant at 7107 W. 37th St. North, which need to be prepared someday in late spring or early summer season.

Applebee’s, 29th and Rock: When Carlos O’ Kelly’s relocates to 13th and Greenwich early in the yr, its previous area at 29th and Rock will grow to be dwelling to an Applebee’s cafe. There is certainly no business date for when that restaurant will open up, but it should really be in late 2021.

Rock Bottom Cafe and Brewery, 1380 N. Greenwich: Ideas are afoot to open up this chain at the Plazzio advancement in a place around Rooster N Pickle. There is been no formal affirmation from house owners or builders, but it is really attainable it could appear this 12 months.

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