Monthly Archives: November 2009

Taco Shop near Central and Oliver closes

WICHITA — The Taco Shop near Central and Oliver has closed.

Its last day in business was the day before Thanksgiving.

“It’s more or less what we call trimming the fat,” says a Taco Shop manager who prefers not to be named.

“Business is booming, but that one simply did not have enough business . . . to warrant us keeping it open.”

You don’t say

“It’s going to be tough to say no to some of them.”

John Rhoden of Rhoden Roofing, who had a good year this year thanks to July’s hail storm and is going to give away a free roof to one family in need this Christmas (click here for details if you’d like to be among those Rhoden considers)

Art Park seeks new tenants

WICHITA — If you have a business that’s related to art and you’re looking for new space, Charles Baughman would like to hear from you.

Baughman and his wife, Kate Pepper, have the Art Park on 29th between Woodlawn and Rock.

It’s where their Monart School of Art is located along with several other businesses that Baughman says coexist nicely.

When parents drop off their kids for art school, they can stop in for massage or yoga in the Art Park or go shopping nearby.

“It’s really been pretty great,” Baughman says. “They’re able to do some other things.”

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Sasa to open in Towne East Square

WICHITA — Luai Mohamed is returning to Towne East Square with a new restaurant.

Mohamed previously had Greek Plus in the Food Court from 1998 to 2001.

Now, he’s opening Sasa, a cafe with gyros, wraps, sandwiches and salads, in the former Great American Cookie space. That’s not in the Food Court.

“It’s a challenge that I’ll have to deal with,” Mohamed says.

The restaurant, which is named after his son’s nickname, will open sometime between mid December and Jan. 1.

Thankful for a break

As much fun as Have You Heard? is to write, I’d be lying if I said I was not appreciative of a Thanksgiving break. I’m off till Monday.

Hope you all have a great, safe holiday. Please save your scoop till next week!


Eastgate Plaza sells to Christian Ablah and a group of local investors

WICHITA — Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock is now under local ownership.

Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate and a group of local silent partners bought the property today.

“The timing of the acquisition coincides perfectly with the opening of the intersection,” Ablah says.

Developers Diversified Realty of Cleveland, Ohio, previously owned the center.

The 260,000-square-foot center, which is at the southeast corner of the intersection, has an 87 percent occupancy rate and is home to businesses like T.J. Maxx, Barnes & Noble and David’s Bridal.

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You don’t say

“Every time I call in and (she says) that, I get a chuckle, especially with all that’s going on with the governor.”

– Consultant Jim Gregory on calling the governor’s office (which has been struggling with budget cuts) and hearing administrative assistant Hope Burns say, “Office of the governor. This is Hope.”

Let’s Be Frank owners file a lawsuit and change names

WICHITA — The owners of Let’s Be Frank have filed a lawsuit against their landlord at Douglas and Grove.

Brad Standing says he filed suit today in Sedgwick County District Court to regain possession of the space his restaurant occupied since May.

Problems started with a previous landlord and a dispute over a sewer line.

Cheryl Schwab bought the property in late October and changed the locks Nov. 15.

Standing says his equipment is still in the building, and he wants back in.

Schwab won’t comment except to say she’s moving her Second Story consignment shop into the former Let’s Be Frank space.

Another dispute the restaurant was in has been resolved.

Two days after Let’s Be Frank opened, a California hot dog seller contacted the restaurant to say his business has the same name.

Standing says they’ve talked, and he’s agreed to change his restaurant’s name.

It will now be known as Get Franked. But where it will reopen is not yet clear.

Bethel House Adult Care Homes to open on the east and west sides

WICHITA — Bethel House, a Wichita-based health-care company, is preparing to break ground on the east and west sides for Bethel House Adult Care Homes.

“It offers such an unbelievable alternative to traditional nursing-home placement,” says Christine Bacci, director of operations. “A lot of people, they want to avoid (that) at all costs.”

The new facilities are what’s called home plus, which offers full nursing-home type care in more of a residential-care environment.

“It’s just very much being in a nice, elegant house,” Bacci says of the homes.

The sites are at 2121 N. Broadmoor near 21st and Rock and 553 S. Holland Lane near Kellogg and Ridge.

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GNC to open in Derby Marketplace

WICHITA — GNC is the latest business to sign a lease at Derby Marketplace at 71st South and Rock Road.

The chain offers vitamins, supplements and other nutritional aids. A district manager says the store will carry the full GNC line and open sometime in February.