Monthly Archives: June 2009

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WICHITA — “It just seems it’s difficult to come up with a hunk of cash at the first of every month.”

Larry Weber of Builders Inc., which leases thousands of apartments around Wichita and is starting a new split-pay program that allows tenants to divide their rent checks over two payments

Neurology Consultants of Kansas moving to The Collective

WICHITA — After more than a decade near the St. Francis campus, Neurology Consultants of Kansas is moving east to J.V. Johnston’s Collective at K-96 and East 21st Street.

“We are going to be building a new 10,000-square-foot building for outpatient neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine,” says Tally Bell, a nurse practitioner and administrator for the group.

“We’ve really outgrown our space,” she says.

Bell says new patients often have to wait five or six months to be seen.

“We’re going to try to better meet that need,” she says.

That means the practice will be adding another physician at some point for a total of five.

Bell says the group will take its time finding one.

“It’s very important to us that we keep . . . . what we think is a good mix,” she says. “We’ve got such a good mix right now.”

There also are two nurse practitioners, and a third is a possibility.

Along with more room for procedures, outpatient hours will expand as well to keep up with what Bell calls “unmet needs in the community.”

“It’s way ahead of us, so to speak,” she says.

Construction will begin in late July or early August.

Simpson & Associates is the contractor, and WDM Architects is the architect.

Mediterranean Grill is staying put

WICHITA — Mediterranean Grill owners Mustafa Sawli and Youssef Youssef would like to set the record straight:

They’re not moving.

“I like it over here,” Sawli says of their 335 S. Towne East Drive location. “We’re doing great.”

But ever since Have You Heard? reported that the new Mediterraneo is moving into where the east-side Italian Garden used to be at Kellogg and Webb, there’s been some confusion.

“I’ve been having phone calls left and right,” Sawli says. “People are like, ‘Why are you moving to that location?’ ”

The two restaurants are completely separate.

“For sure,” Sawli says, “we’re not moving.”

Old Town Farmers’ Market will be the first Kansas market to sell wine from a local vineyard

wineryWICHITA — If you’re picking up some pasta and vegetables this Saturday at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, you can now also buy some wine to complete your meal.

Market coordinator Pat Randleas says the market will be the first in Kansas to have a local winery as a vendor.

“It’ll be just another great addition to what we already have,” she says. “It’ll broaden our offerings.”

Britt Nichols of Vin Vivante in Wamego will sell his varietal wines beginning this Saturday.

“It’s going to be good for him,” Randleas says. “It’s going to be good for us.”

She says Nichols also is negotiating to begin selling at a market in Shawnee. But Randleas is excited to have the Old Town market be the first.

“It’ll give it distinction,” she says.

The market is open 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday from now through early October.

Young Professionals of Wichita chooses Destination ICT for new initiative name

WICHITA — The Young Professionals of Wichita now has a name for the new study of its demographic and how the community can attract and retain more young professionals.

Destination ICT is the name that won by texted votes.

The group is to YPW what Visioneering is to the city as a whole.

Dave Quillen of marketing company Quillen Elsea helped the group come up with name possibilities, such as Urban Refuel, Believe ICT and Next Generation.

With some of the names, he says, “I was just having some fun.”

Quillen often does that when helping name products or companies.

“The problem with that is occasionally somebody will pick the ones that you didn’t think (were) serious,” he says.

The funniest name this time around was Stay — You’ll Be Back Anyway.

“That just says it all,” says Sheryl Wohlford, a YPW community advisor. “But we couldn’t call it Stay — You’ll Be Back Anyway Initiative.”

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WICHITA — “I’m still stunned at the pending loss of such a treasured tradition.”

Beth Chiles Hershberger of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America on how as of July 31 the American Red Cross will no longer serve sloppy joes at the Wichita Blood Center (where it has for more than 30 years) and Spirit AeroSystems (where it has for 11 years) because of cutbacks

Old Town Martini to close; owners to keep catering business in new location

martiniWICHITA — After a decade in business, Old Town Martini is closing.

But fans of the restaurant in the former Rock Island train depot can still get food by brothers Kassem and Ali Yassine because they’ll continue their catering business at 3407 E. Douglas.

“I had a good time here, but I have to do this move,” Kassem Yassine says. “In this time and in this economy, I’d rather be small.”

Business is still OK, but there are several things prompting the move.

The restaurant’s banquet business used to be big, with at least one or two a week.

Now, Ali Yassine says, “We don’t see them.”

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard coming to Derby Marketplace

freddys3WICHITA — Due to customer demand, Freddy’s Frozen Custard is coming to Derby.

“We get so many calls and e-mails from the residents of Derby and south of Derby saying . . . ‘Please move down here,’ ” says co-owner Scott Redler.

The restaurant, which has a full line of entrees in addition to desserts, will locate in a strip center in front of Target at Derby Marketplace at 71st South and Rock Road. That’s where Verizon Wireless, Clix Portrait Studios, At the Beach and Lilian’s Nail Boutique are.

“It’s going to be a little bit different for us,” Redler says.

The chain of 31 (and growing) stores typically has 3,000-square-foot free-standing buildings. This one will be 2,500 square feet on the end of a strip center. It will have a drive-through.

“But it’s a strip center with plenty of parking,” Redler says.

Look for the new Freddy’s to open this fall.

Sabor chef Jason-Paul Febres is eager to return

WICHITA — Venezuela native Jason-Paul Febres says he always knew he would return to Sabor, which he left in February after differences with owner Melad Stephan.

“It’s part of my beginning here in Wichita,” Febres says. “That place, I love it.”

He still wants his own restaurant one day, but Febres says he also hopes to eventually have ownership in Sabor and use successes with a chain of the restaurants to start his own venture.

As for Stephan saying Febres had some growing up to do, Febres says perhaps they both did.

“It’s getting to an agreement,” Febres says. “We both got on the same page.”

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WICHITA — “This isn’t 1981 anymore when I opened this company with an IBM Selectric typewriter and $8,900.”

Plaza Real Estate president John McKenzie, explaining the technology his company gains by affiliating with Coldwell Banker starting July 1