Long John Silver’s Freshside Grille to open Feb. 15 with Five Guys Burgers and Fries

WICHITA — No one planned it this way, but it turns out Long John Silver’s Freshside Grille is going to open Feb. 15, which is the same day Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning to open.

The restaurants are in a new center in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize.

Long John franchisee Eric Estes says the goal was to get open by Ash Wednesday, which is the 17th, because a lot of customers on the west side said they’d like another option for fish.

He says the new Long John’s will be a more upscale version of the restaurant, with cherry wood furniture and digital menus.

“It’s very upscale compared to anything else we have.”

Ink Construction built Long John Silver’s and Five Guys.

All the Long John sites in Wichita will now also offer natural-cut French fries, which Estes says has been a big customer request.

There are six Long John restaurants in Wichita and more in the greater Wichita area.

Next up, Estes says his group will bring a Long John Silver’s to Manhattan, which doesn’t have the chain.

Then, they’ll concentrate on bringing an A&W to Wichita.

Estes has been looking at a lot of potential Wichita sites but hasn’t settled on where the first will be.

“We just want to make sure it’s right.”

And he hopes that will be this year.

“The plan is to do that.”