Daily Archives: Sept. 14, 2009

Police investigate Rowdy Beaver’s liquor license

WICHITA — Last week, Rowdy Beaver manager Rod Minner told Have You Heard? that the business was without its liquor license because an attorney didn’t refile for it in time.

But there’s more to the story.

“We have an investigation going,” says Tom Stolz, deputy chief of investigations for the Wichita Police Department.

“We got involved in this because we got calls from the community,” he says.

There were complaints about how the business (which is in the former Willie C’s Cafe & Bar space at 656 S. West St.) was being run.

Stolz says there are possible license discrepancies related to what’s called “hidden ownership.”

That’s when someone has a liquor license in his name but is not active in the business.

“They’re welcome to investigate as much as they want,” says Rod Minner Sr.

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You don’t say

“It’s all about feeding the animals, and they eat a lot from what I understand.”

Spirit AeroSystems public affairs manager Brian Black, talking about the actual animals at Zoobilee, though visitors to the Spirit tent took his comment as a reference to the partygoers

Kanai sushi restaurant to open at 119th and Maple

sushiWICHITA — Restaurateur Penny Ellis says she knows we’ve heard it before, but, “We really feel like we’re going to have a new concept.”

She and her husband, Chris, and his brother, Curtis, are opening Kanai, a Japanese restaurant with a tagline that says, “Sushi and Sake to Savor.”

It’ll be near Shorty Small’s on the southwest corner of 119th and Maple.

The Ellises have not owned restaurants previously.

“We haven’t,” Penny Ellis says. “Are we crazy?”

She owns Pet Angel Memorial Center. Chris Ellis is in material handling for ESI. And Curtis Ellis owns Therapeutic Medical Supply.

Penny Ellis says they wouldn’t be opening the restaurant without their chef, David Kanai, for whom the business is named.

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