After a 15-year absence, it appears Wichitans may once again be able to enjoy the culinary creations of Chef Anthony Card. According to Card, who’s spend most of the past 15 years in the Tulsa market, he has an opportunity on the table to open a restaurant and lounge in downtown Wichita. The idea for the space is a mid-scale-priced menu featuring his culinary creations and an ultra lounge concept. The location will be open serving lunch and dinner daily and late night Friday and Saturday with live music and after-concert events.

Sounds like the place might rival Restaurant 155, the quality dining and hip hot spot he operated at 1st and Market in the early 2000s. We can just taste those signature Southwest-style egg rolls and the Steak Diane, a recipe handed down to Card from his father, who in the ’70s was also the curator of a Wichita hot spot, Bill’s le Gourmet.

If everything works out, Card says he could have the place open as early as October, but depending on construction schedules, and delays so far, the opening could come after the new year.

In addition too Restaurant 155, Card, a Wichita native, was at one point the chef at Larkspur in downtown Wichita and premiered the Sunday buffet at the Wichita Greyhound Race Track. Before leaving us for Tulsa, Card opened and operated Spoonz in Old Town and a second Spoonz location in Willowbend.

“I just feel it’s the right time for us to come back,” said Card.

Wichita is glad you’re feeling it. We’ll keep you posted.

Since 1996, Bonita has served as as Editor-in-Chief of The Community Voice newspaper. As the owner, she has guided the Wichita-based publication’s growth in reach across the state of Kansas and into...

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