Daily Archives: Sept. 30, 2009

City still has issues with Rowdy Beaver’s liquor license

WICHITA — Rod Minner Sr. may not think the city has any issues with the Rowdy Beaver’s liquor license, but that’s not what the city says.

“There’s a lot of issues here that we’ve got to work through,” says Tom Stolz, deputy chief of investigations for the Wichita Police Department.

“We have issues of hidden ownership. We have issues of changing . . . stories,” he says. “His license application here is in standby.”

Chef H to cater to a business clientele

chefhWICHITA — Harry Pape spent his entire career in executive management, and now he’s going to relax by catering to other executives.

Pape recently retired from Midwest Single Source (and was vice president of Newman University operations before that).

He’s now turning his love of cooking, which he’s been doing for fund-raising events for years, into a business called Chef H.

Pape says he’ll offer more than traditional catering. He plans to have what he calls in-home “dining events” for a business clientele.

“Because I’ve been in the business world, I understand the needs of the business people,” he says.

Pape says he understands things like the need for privacy, such as when a company is recruiting someone.

Pape will bring dishes and glasses, create the food and pair wines to go with it.

“I really take all the guess work out,” he says.

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Pistotnik Law Offices sues former employee for fraud

WICHITA — Pistotnik Law Offices routinely files lawsuits, but this month it filed one on behalf of the firm.

The office has filed a civil suit in Sedgwick County District Court against former employee Vicki Olivarez and her husband, Severo Olivarez IV.

The suit alleges fraudulent and negligent acts by the two.

Vicki Olivarez was a bookkeeper for the firm from July 2002 to Sept. 4.

The suit claims that she forged checks — made out to both Olivarezes and for cash — from an unnamed trust account.

The lawsuit alleges that the forging began in July 2005 and continued until Vicki Olivarez’s last day of employment.

Pistotnik’s attorney, Dustin DeVaughn, declined to comment on the case.

Neither of the Olivarezes could be reached for comment.

Vicki Olivarez’s attorney, Roger Sherwood, didn’t return a call for comment.

Also named in the suit: Pro Siding, of which Severo Olivarez is a shareholder and officer; Buess CPA, Pistotnik’s accountant; and Emprise Bank, which cashed the checks.

You don’t say

“The only thing more overrated than natural childbirth is owning your own business.”

— A sign that business owner and mother Julie Bolin has at her Truck Stuff office

Rowdy Beaver shuts down, possibly for good

WICHITA — The Rowdy Beaver is closed, and it may not reopen.

“We have waited for a response on the liquor license,” says managing partner Rod Minner Sr.

“They are dragging their feet,” Minner says of state officials. “We can’t afford to run a day-to-day operation and lose money.”

Minner says it’s been more than a month since the Rowdy Beaver’s renewal application was submitted to the state.

Initially, Minner’s son, Rodney, said the restaurant and bar’s attorney didn’t file in time.

Then, a representative of the Wichita Police Department said there was a possible issue with something called hidden ownership, where the person whose name is on the liquor license is not the one operating the restaurant.

“We’ve been told . . . by the city of Wichita there’s absolutely nothing wrong,” the senior Minner says.

He says he’s heard “absolutely nothing” from the state, even after a message was left to say the business was at a critical point.

Minner says he has an attorney involved.

“Right now, we’re just waiting to see where it ends up.”