The old Sweet Basil space has finally found a new resident. Fred & Barney’s had a quiet soft opening last week. The owners who owned Cibola back in the day started the new concept and gave the building a complete renovation and a fresh new face on the exterior. We stopped by last week to get an idea of what you can expect should you go.
2424 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS 67220
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 10pm
I was invited out to a soft opening the day before opening. Sometimes in those instances, the service is very personal, the food can be free, and/or perhaps it is used as a training day which could skew the whole experience for me. In these cases, I opt to avoid giving a full-blown review with opinions and focus on the more informational aspect of it. Then once the newness has died down, I’ll go back in at an unexpected time for a real review with some friends who’ve never been to get different perspectives.
With that said you may now be wondering, “Is this a Flinstones themed restaurant?” It’s a common question and one that even came across my mind. The answer is no. The name Fred & Barney’s was derived from the two owner’s appearance and similarity to the cartoon characters.
I took a few pictures of the interior and the patio. They did a great job of sprucing up the place and even providing additional space between tables. They did mention the plan is to add heaters or firepits of some sort to the patio. It had a very casual dining appeal. I felt completely comfortable in jeans and a button down.
The menu is currently in progress from what I’m told but at the start, it’ll feature salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and some specialty entrees all week long. On the weekends, prime rib will be available.
Here’s some pictures of what’s available on the appetizer side of the menu:
Their dinner menu especially on the weekend offers a nice change of pace from the burgers and sandwiches.
At the moment, they do not have their liquor license but that is on the way. But you can bring in your own bottles of wine, and there is no corkage fee for it. It was nice as we brought our own bottles of sangria from Simply Sangria.
For now Fred & Barney’s is just open for dinner. Once they can get additional staffing, training and processes down, the restaurant will be open for lunch. Until then it’s just dine-in and carryout available from 4 p.m. on.
Check it out, show them some love and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Here’s the menu they currently have available:
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