Beautiful Day Cafe

Located on Central and Green, Beautiful Day Cafe is a welcome respite from the busy city life. Open for breakfast and lunch (8:00-2:00) Wednesday through Sunday, Beautiful Day has options for everyone. Plant-based eaters and carnivores alike will be happy here. From biscuits and gravy to rawcos (Knapic’s take on plant-based tacos), as well as an assortment of fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, and caffeinated beverages, Beautiful Day Cafe truly serves all.

A sandwich featuring one of her homegrown, edible flowers.

After perusing the garden as well as her new community space–made to feed and entertain her customers–Charolet Knapic walked me inside to chat about her restaurant. The walls inside are made out of clay she harvested herself and were applied and smoothed by an army of volunteers. The benches were designed and crafted by her son and the local art hanging on the wall is carefully curated by one of her employees. In the corner, housing mugs and cups, sits a vintage turquoise wood stove that used to heat her house. In a few words, Beautiful Day Cafe is cozy, but fresh.

Knapic is excited to open up her fairytale-like outdoor seating area to give people a little bit of greenery on busy Central: “[It] gives people a green space in the middle of the city,” she said. She’s also using the space to grow sweet potatoes to be used in the kitchen, edible flowers, and a variety of other vegetables. 

“[It] gives people a green space in the middle of the city.”

For the past year, Knapic has been growing in her own Hoop House, testing  out different varieties of kale and lettuces to use in all her cooking. So far, she has had the most success with cilantro (which she uses as a garnish as well as a boost in smoothies for their antioxidant properties), tomatoes, and basil. With her hoop house basil, she is able to serve homemade pesto throughout the year.

Aside from feeding her customers as fresh produce as possible, Knapic has taken on the challenge of running a sustainable business. All food scraps are composted and then used in her garden to continue the growing cycle. Eventually, Knapic plans on buying a “chickshaw:” a rolling shed where she will grow her own chickens on-site and, after a few months, harvest them for the kitchen. Her dedication to a “green” business extends past her growing spaces. She uses recyclable or compostable packaging for to-go orders and instructs employees to wash and re-use single-use plastics as long as possible.

Charolet Knapic showing off fresh rhubarb!

Knapic serves her community in scores of other ways. The cafe itself is home to a little lending library filled with books about healthy lifestyles, intuitive eating, and meditative practices. She hosts workshops to teach Wichitans about urban gardening as well as seed swaps to further local growing practices. Knapic is dedicated to educating her fellow Kansans and feeding them fresh from her garden. I couldn’t help but feel that Beautiful Day is so much more than a cafe. It’s becoming a gathering space for gardeners, vegans, chefs, and artists alike. If you’re living in the Wichita area, searching for your new brunch spot, I highly recommend Beautiful Day Cafe for the warm, homey experience and nourishing food.

1 Comment
  • Charolett Knapic
    Posted at 23:44h, 09 April Reply

    Aw, thanks Dolly!
    Everybody here at Beautiful Day really appreciates you spreading the word.
    Journey on
    Charolett

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