Daily Archives: April 2, 2010

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“It was also so sweet of them to surprise us with front row seats!”

Missy Stevens of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, who delivered free Freddy’s custard to Taylor Swift and her entourage before Thursday’s show and unexpectedly got to stay for the concert

Corporate Caterers of Wichita owner likely to take over Broadview Hotel restaurant

WICHITA — Drury Southwest is moving ahead with its major overhaul of the Broadview Hotel, which includes reconfiguring its restaurant space and finding an outside entity to run it.

There’s not a final deal yet, but it looks like Ben Arnold of Corporate Caterers of Wichita will be the new restaurant operator and handle catering for the banquet room.

Arnold also recently took over the former Olive Tree Bistro banquet space near 29th and Rock.

A well-known Wichita chef is likely to run the restaurant for Arnold.

Arnold isn’t commenting, and Broadview general manager Scott Ragatz will say only that Drury is still in negotiations for the space.

The new two-story restaurant will be near First and Waco. The front of the hotel will face the river by the time renovations are complete.

“We’re excited about the new plan,” Ragatz says. “We’ve waited a long time for the proper ownership to come in and have the wherewithal and the imagination to put a project like this together.”

Bosley’s Tire Superstore expands with second location and has more planned

WICHITA — Bosley’s Tire Superstore is not only surviving a tough economy, it’s thriving.

Owner Lonnie Bosley has purchased the former Pep Boys Auto building at 9045 E. Kellogg for his second store.

“It’s going to be a fantastic retail outlet because of where it’s at,” Bosley says of being on Kellogg and so close to the turnpike.

“Somebody had this bought, and they couldn’t come up with the money,” Bosley says of the Pep Boys space. “It was just a quick deal.”

He’ll have 11 bays open in 23,000 square feet within three weeks.

Bosley also is remodeling his 30,000-square-foot, 17-bay store at Broadway and MacArthur, but nothing else will change there.

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