By Teri L. Hansen
McPherson will soon have a new restaurant to frequent. The company Five Loaves, plans to open their newest establishment in November. The eatery will be located in the dining area, adjacent to the bowling alley at 900 W. Kansas Ave.
“I’d love to give you an exact open date, but I’ve done this a lot and it’s never exact,” Richard Angelo said. Angelo is a partner in the start up of the restaurant owned by George and Julie Ni.
Five Loaves as many have guessed, is a biblical reference. According to Luke 9:13-17 “They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”(About five thousand men were there.)
“But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”
While they plan to serve more than five loaves of bread and two fish, the Ni’s hope to fill the bellies of Mac.
“We’ll be serving southern comfort food,” Angelo said. “We’ve got fried chicken that is a special recipe, already proven.”
Their food has been proven in the fact that this will not be their first food venture. They have restaurants in Wichita, as well as in Louisiana. They own a restaurant down south called the Sweet Spot and also Neighbors Bar & Grill in Wichita. Both known for a comfy, cozy atmosphere and delicious food. Sweet Spot even maintains a 4.9 star rating.
“We want it to be a friendly atmosphere where you can sit down and relax and order a chicken fried steak or a ribeye off the grill,” Angelo explained. “Or you can get it quick and get home.”
The plan is to serve lunch in a quick, come and go fashion, though you can sit if you’d like.
“It’s going to be good food, served fast,” Angelo said.
Then in the evenings, dinner will be served in a sit-down environment. Everything from chicken fried steak to steaks. And what’s dinner without dessert?
“Our pies and cakes are outrageous,” Angelo said.
They take pride in their food and stand by their service.
“Essentially it is good food,” Angelo said. “Nothing is pre-made.”
While they work to get everything set up, they also need to staff the restaurant. Th
e Nis are hiring cooks, bartenders and waitstaff positions. To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The restaurant opening is not going to impact the Starlite Lanes except maybe to bring more business.
“We are still going strong,” Starlite owner Beau Peterson said.
Five Loaves plans to hold a grand opening when the time comes. So keep your eyes open and stomachs ready.
“We stand firm on the quality of the food we serve, not just the quantity,” Angelo said.