News from Pour Haus: A fire and a mural

Muralist Adam Engel at work at Pour Haus.

Pour Haus Restaurant & Tavern, the bar and restaurant that opened in March at 1021 W. Maple, was closed down on Friday because of a not-serious fire that made things seriously smoky. The fire started in a trash can under a bar, said manager Jarrett Barnes, and although nothing was damaged, owners had to have the restaurant cleaned to rid it of the smoky smell. Pour Haus reopened on Saturday.

Those who’ve driven past Pour House may have noticed a large and colorful new mural that recently was added to its east-facing wall. Painted by local artists Adam Engel and Rick Dunwoody, the mural depicts scenes of downtown Wichita floating away in a river of beer and a house surrounded by a moat of beer and giant burgers and fries. The mural was completed about a month ago, and at the same time, Pour Haus opened an outdoor patio.

The finished product

Pour Haus also recently added karaoke to its menu. The tunes start at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, trivia starts at 8 p.m. and karaoke follows.

The restaurant/bar, which has 30 beers on tap and far more in bottles, always has one of its beers on special for $1.50. This week, it’s been Magic Hat IPA. When that keg runs out, Negra Modelo will take its place.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-263-7687.

Pour Haus, Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill open next week

Two new watering holes are set to open in Wichita next week, and both will have versions of the Jucy Lucy on the menu.

The first is Pour Haus Restaurant & Tavern at 1021 W. Maple. It’ll open on Monday, featuring 31 beers on tap and 50 more by the bottle, plus wine and cocktails made with beer. The menu looks pretty interesting, and almost all of the dishes somehow include beer, wine or other alcohol as an ingredient. I’m enticed by the beer-battered fish and chips, the beer and cheese soup, the beer flavored cupcakes, and of course the “Lucy’s Other Brother,” a burger stuffed with cheese, bacon and  jalapenos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

I stopped in Pour Haus last week, where I found manager Patrick Shibley (one of the original Gaslamp Grille & Lounge partners) busily working on the menu. I was impressed with the interior, which has been extensively remodeled since the last time a business operated there and is very clean and inviting. I’m sort of excited that I live nearby.

Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill also is set to open next week at 222 N. Washington, though managers aren’t sure exactly what day. They’re waiting for inspections to be completed and could get the doors open as early as Monday or as late as March 17. 

Joe’s is owned by Charlie Badeen and David Allan, the men behind Dudley’s at 8550 W. 21st. St. Joe’s general manager and executive chef is Brad Beyer, who was in charge of Mike’s Wine Dive when it first opened.

The menu will feature several bar favorites, but Beyer said he’s going to add several unexpected dishes to the menu, including shrimp ceviche, a Philly cheese steak egg roll, a fried egg sandwich, and a Juicy Lucy. It’ll offer prime rib nightly after 4 p.m. and daily blue plate lunch specials for $6.99. Joe’s also will have a big patio facing Washington. Reach Joe’s at 316-303-9885.