|Blanc no more|
Confessori, a 32-year-old Wichita native, had spent most of the last decade working in Kansas City, first for the Arizona-based Kona Grill, then operating Sol Cantina for three years with a partner. He sold his interest in that saloon and taqueria on 31st Street in order to open his version of a French-style bistro. That restaurant, Westport Cafe & Bar, opened last week.
|Le burger, s'il vous plais|
Confessori has made a lot of positive decorative changes to the old Blanc space. There are now black-and-white tiles over the old wooden floors, and subway tiles on many of the walls. There's a striking new bar backlit behind panels of amber glass, a copper-top bar and a very attractive young staff.
|Monsieur Maybee behind the bar|
The bistro is very appealing, although I wish Confessori would use cloth napkins instead of paper and a nice aioli instead of ordinary mayonnaise. Also, I'd prefer that he serve his pate mousse with capers, cornichons and mustard instead of a gratuitious sprig of greens.
The restaurant plans to serve late; for now the hours are 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday.