Daily Archives: April 16, 2009

You don’t say

“I’ve also heard Paul McCartney, and that’s not true, either.”
Intrust Bank Arena manager Chris Presson’s response to talk circulating that the Eagles will be the arena’s debut act in January

Sorry, Joe’s Crab Shack isn’t coming

I’ve always thought it would be a fun test to start a rumor, tell maybe five people, and see how quickly it spreads around town.

That must be what happened with Joe’s Crab Shack. For some reason, word keeps circulating that the seafood chain restaurant is coming to Wichita. A spokeswoman for the company says it’s not true.

She says the company, which does have a couple of restaurants in the Kansas City area, is looking to expand. But, due to the economy, “not in a really super-fast way, obviously.”

Old Town Buffet to open

Old Town Buffet is coming to Wichita, but not to the Old Town area.

The restaurant is going in the former HomeTown Buffet and King’s Buffet space at 6160 E. Central.

Partner Hong Zhang says he’ll offer American cuisine “just like Golden Corral” with “all the American favorites.” He says he’ll also have a Mongolian Grill similar to Genghis Grill.

Diners can choose from both options for $6.99 for lunch or $9.99 for dinner. Zhang says those prices could change by the time he opens, which he hopes will be by Mother’s Day on May 10.

No alcohol will be served.

Zhang says a second Old Town Buffet is a possibility.

“If we do good on this location,” he says, “we’re going to open one on the west side.”

Sam’s Club remodels


The east-side Sam’s Club on Rock Road just north of K-96 is about to undergo $2.2 million worth of “freshening.”

“The Sam’s remodel is simply a standard, scheduled remodel,” says spokesman Ryan Horn. “You’ll see refurbishing on the bathrooms, fresh paint and colors.”

Horn says there’s a “normal and ongoing process” of remodeling all Wal-Mart stores every five to seven years.

At the Sam’s store, there also will be some new equipment in the cafe area and some freshening of the store’s signs.

All that comes to $2.2 million?

“It’s a big building,” Horn says.

Primerica to move to Domestic Laundry

Don Oliphant is bucking a trend and moving his Primerica Financial Services office from 21st and Rock to the Domestic Laundry building at 1425 E. Douglas.

“I know everybody’s like, ‘Why are you moving from Northeast Wichita to downtown Wichita?’ ” Oliphant says.

He’s moving the office, which provides a range of financial services, for several reasons.

“I just think this is the right time to move downtown,” Oliphant says. “There’s great development coming on in the downtown area.”

Also, he says, “It’s more centrally located. It’s easily accessible.”

And his office is out of space at Rock Hill Office Park.

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