Vegetarian restaurants Wichita KS

“It’s a healthy spin on fast food, ” she said.

She also plans to use disposable plates, forks and napkins that are all biodegradable.

Collins said this is her first foray into the restaurant business. For the past several years, she said, she’s been hosting vegan dinner parties for friends, who urged her to start some kind of restaurant.

Her initial plan is to take the truck to festivals and events where funnel cakes and Pronto Pups usually are the only options. If she gets e big enough following, she said, she’ll start taking the truck out over the lunch hour, style.

I’ll keep you updated on her progress.

When Chef Miguel Larcher from former owner Larry Cook back in December, his plans were to close it and reopen it with a new name.

He did — briefly. Larcher called the restaurant Miguel’s Eat-In Cafe, and he said he’d continue to operate at the original location at 1812 S. Seneca until he found a new location.

That didnt’ last, and he ended up closing to devote himself to the search. He thought he had a place picked out last week in downtown Wichita, but at the last minute, the deal fell through. Larcher now says he has a line on a few other spaces that look good. He hopes to be reopen by the end of this year.

1457488_618788678181233_1852091059_nIn the meantime, Larcher is about to publish a new cookbook. It’s called “Three Olives – Of the Sea” and will be ready in July. It’ll feature vegan recipes and will be avaialable in local bookstores.

I’ll let you know when he finds a spot.

Two years after opening as one of Wichita’s first meat-free restaurants, Zen Vegetarian Cuisine at 3101 N. Rock Road is changing its approach — and its name.

The vintage trailer Rochelle Collins will use for her new food truck.Starting on May 1, Zen will be known as Oh Yeah China Bistro and will add meat dishes to its menu. Owner Shu Tsao, who previously operated Chinatown out of the space before remodeling it and adopting a Chinese vegetarian menu.

Tsao bought out her partner, Alan Hsu, so her daughter will move to Wichita from Houston to help manage the restaurant. Her husband, Robert Liao, will remain in the kitchen.

lotuslogoThere just weren’t enough customers to support the business, said Tsao, who is a vegetarian. “It’s just not big enough, ” she said of the vegetarian community in Wichita. “But they said, ‘We’ll still come if you keep our favorite dishes.’”

Tsao says she will keep many of Zen’s most popular meat-free dishes on the menu but will add back more traditional, sweet-and-sour-chicken type dishes plus Korean, Thai and Vietnamese fare.

Tsao also will add beer and wine to her offerings and will deliver within a four-mile radius of the restaurant.

For more information, call the restaurant at 316-425-7700.

I spent the afternoon yesterday with Miguel Larcher, the fascinating head chef at d’Sozo, the year-old vegan restaurant at 1812 S. Seneca.

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