Daily Archives: Sept. 11, 2009

Mediterraneo is now open on the east side, and the combination Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon opens Monday out west

WICHITA — If you’re hungry for something new to eat, you’ll have a couple of new dining options from which to choose in the next several days.

Moe Hlayhel has opened his new Mediterraneo in the former Italian Garden space at Kellogg and Webb.

“Basically, we took some dishes from all the Mediterranean countries that border the Mediterranean sea,” Hlayhel says.

He says that includes dishes like paella from Spain, shish-k-bobs from Turkey and Lebanon’s famous humus with lamb.

On the west side, customers have already been stopping by the new Schlotzsky’s at Central and Tyler in hopes that it’s open.

But Ken Mechtley’s combination Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon restaurant, which is in the former Taco Bueno space, won’t open until Monday.

54 new plaques give Old Town visitors a glimpse of history

plaque2WICHITA — Old Town is obviously one of Wichita’s most historic areas. Now, some of that history is readily available for people to learn as they visit the area.

Developer Dave Burk this month placed 54 plaques on buildings throughout Old Town. He finished a couple of days ago and has already seen visitors stopping to look.

“This was research that we put together when we compiled all the information to get this into a National Historic District,” Burk says.

That was back in 1990.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” Burk says.

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Smashburger chooses SHS for brand help

burgerWICHITA — Denver-based Smashburger has hired Sullivan Higdon & Sink as its agency of record for its Wichita and Tulsa markets.

“We have more work to do to develop the brand in the Wichita market,” says Smashburger founder Tom Ryan.

He says the Smashburgers at 3570 N. Woodlawn and in Derby are “doing fine.”

“All restaurants can do better,” Ryan says.

“I don’t think we opened that market as strong as we opened other markets,” he says. “That’s why I wanted to get some fresh eyes on the brand.”

He likes SHS for several reasons.

“We used them years ago when I was with Pizza Hut,” Ryan says.

Also, he says, “They had a great history of bringing new brands to the Wichita market.”

He particularly likes how SHS helped Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau launch its new brand with a mix of traditional and social media.

He hopes to use both for his restaurants as well.

“I would expect to see a resurgence of the Smashburger brand in Wichita,” Ryan says.