A couple of long-awaited Wichita restaurants are ready to open in the coming days – one on the east side and one on the west.
The first will be the new 8 Below Rolled Ice Cream, which is opening in the old Rita’s Italian Ice space at 2929 N. Rock Road, right next door to Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Its grand opening is scheduled for Friday.
This is the second 8 Below for Jason Huang, who opened his first in one of the canopies at Union Station over the summer – and people were willing to wait in long lines to get a taste. The type of ice cream 8 Below serves, which is becoming trendy in Wichita, is made when the mixture is flattened on a pan that’s 8 degrees below zero then scraped into egg-roll-sized rolls that are arranged in a bowl and covered with toppings.
Huang also owns Blue Fin Sake Bar & Sushi at 255 N. Washington. Hours at the new shop will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.
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The first 30 people who show up for the grand opening will get free rolled ice cream. Students with an ID can et $1 off all day.
A few days later – on Monday, Nov. 13 – Wichita’s first Hurricane Sports Grill will open in the new Tyler Pointe development at 13th and Tyler. The full-service restaurant is part of an island-themed Florida-based chain that specializes in wings with lots of different types of sauces. I’ve seen the menu, and it’s big. In addition to wings and sauces, the restaurant also serves lots of tacos, from fish to Korean beef, plus bowls, burgers, sandwiches, salads and entrees like steak, ribs and grilled shrimp. Key lime pie is on the dessert menu.
Franchisees say they would like to open more Hurricane Sports Grills in the area.
The new restaurant’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
Rolled ice cream has arrived in Wichita and people are waiting in long lines to get it. (Denise Neil / The Wichita Eagle)