List of Wichita restaurants closing temporarily, permanently

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Rhonda Williams had to close her new restaurant 750 Soul to care for her sick husband.

Restaurant closings continue into the new year, and I have a few more to report.

A pair is permanent. The rest are temporary and happening due to COVID, staff and other issues.

PERMANENT: 750 Soul, 4601 E. 13th St: Rhonda Williams finally opened her soul food restaurant at 4601 E. 13th St. in September, but had to close it in early January. The reason: her husband is sick and she has to be home to take care of him. Williams fans will recall that she also had to close her first restaurant, Rachel’s Kitchen at 818 N. Mosley, in 2018 to care for her ailing mother.

“I didn’t want to try to do the restaurant and take care of a loved one at the same time,” she said.

His daughter, Nicole, who sold her vegan meals at the restaurant, is also on a health break but will likely return to business eventually, Williams said. She will keep clients updated on her Eating Earth Facebook Page.

PERMANENT: Alejandro’s Quick Mexican Food 02, 2110 N. Maize Road: This restaurant opened in late 2018 in a location that had been vacated by Tacos Lopez, but it recently closed. An employee of the original Alejandro, which opened for 18 years at 1212 S. Rock Road, said the owners have no plans to reopen it.

TEMPORARY Doo-Dah dinner206 E. Kellogg: This popular breakfast restaurant announced Thursday that it will be closed until Wednesday, Feb. 2, after half of the kitchen staff contracted mild cases of COVID.

TEMPORARY Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant602 N. Tyler: This restaurant announced via social media on Friday that it will be closed until further notice because it is too short of staff to open.

TEMPORARY angry elephant756 N. Tyler: Owner Santiago Munoz is in the process of absorbing nearby space from the Augustino Brewing Company and has been closed for renovations since Jan. 17. He updated customers on his progress via Facebook and said he hopes to reopen in about two weeks.

TEMPORARY Pho Cuong, 6605 E. 37th St. North: The owners of this restaurant announced last week that they were closing until further notice due to a family emergency. The restaurant does not seem to have reopened yet.

This story was originally published January 28, 2022 2:42 p.m.

Denise Neil has been covering restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is where diners can get local restaurant information. She is a regular judge at local cooking competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about the restaurant business.

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