Daily Archives: April 28, 2010

Cheap Trick to headline Wichita River Festival

As Have You Heard? first reported was a possibility this morning, Wichita Festivals Inc. has finalized a deal for Cheap Trick to replace Bret Michaels as headliner of the Wichita River Festival.

For more details, check Denise Neil’s update on Kansas.com shortly and in The Eagle tomorrow.

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“It was an affirmation of what a great big family we are.”

Ravi Pendse, WSU associate provost and chief information officer, on how polite and appreciative everyone (including those who complained) was when the school’s computer systems crashed Tuesday night and took till Wednesday to completely fix

Wichita Festivals Inc. still negotiating for River Festival replacement

It seems Wichita Festivals Inc.’s negotiations with Cheap Trick are still ongoing. Check back tomorrow to see if that’s the act that will replace Wichita River Festival headliner Bret Michaels or if it’s time for Plan C.

Rose Hill Bank makes Maize Holiday Inn Express possible

WICHITA — Normally when a real estate deal happens, developers want recognition, or the people bringing a new business want attention.

In the case of the Holiday Inn Express, hotel partner Raju Sheth would like Rose Hill Bank to get some props.

Sheth says Rose Hill, which bills itself as “the hungry little bank,” gave Maize Hotel LLC a mortgage when no one else would.

“Even with good financial statements from everybody, banks are not even interested in looking at a hotel.”

Sheth says he and his partners have more than 30 percent equity in the project.

“And still nobody was interested,” he says.

“That’s why the economy’s not going anywhere. Nobody wants to lend money.”

Holiday Inn Express Hotel coming to Maize

UPDATED — Maize has landed its second hotel deal.

On Wednesday, developer Marv Schellenberg and the city of Maize announced plans for a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel, which will be at Schellenberg’s Hampton Lakes development at the northwest corner of 37th and Maize.

Maize Hotel LLC is building the $2.5 million hotel, which will have three stories and 73 rooms and is scheduled to open in April 2011.

“This will just continue to solidify that even though we have a weak economy, Maize’s economy is still growing and strong,” says Rebecca Bouska, Maize’s deputy city administrator.

“We are getting ready to grow pretty quickly, I think, over the next 10 years.”

The hotel is adjacent to the proposed Northwest Bypass.

The Maize Hotel partners, including Mitesh Patel and Raju Sheth, also built the Hampton Inn in Derby. Sheth is still involved there.

The Holiday Inn Express would be the first hotel to be built in Maize’s 124-year history.

“There’s really just nothing on the northwest side as far as hotels go,” Schellenberg says.

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Geno & John’s Pizza owner owes taxes for previous pizza place

WICHITA — The Kansas Department of Revenue has filed a tax warrant against restaurateur John Giroux for almost $27,000, much of which he says is penalties and interest.

Giroux owns two Geno & John’s Pizza locations, but that’s not what he owes money for.

It’s for a Knolla’s Pizza Giroux used to own near Harry and Webb, which is where one of his Geno & John’s is now.

Late last year, Giroux and Pat Knolla cut ties.

The Department of Revenue is working with Giroux on a repayment plan.

“Business in the last year has been pretty difficult,” Giroux says. “I do everything I can to try and hold on.”

The economy has forced him to slash pizza prices, but Giroux says his costs are still the same.

A couple of months ago, he also opened a second Geno & John’s at 7603 W. 21st St.

“Here I go,” Giroux says, “another store, not really making it.”

He’s not giving up, though.

“I’m a hard worker,” Giroux says. “I keep battling it. I battle for the product. I think I’ve got a great product.”

Holiday Inn Express Hotel coming to Maize

WICHITA — Maize has landed its second hotel deal.

Developer Marv Schellenberg and the city of Maize today announced a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel, which will be at the Hampton Lakes development at 10750 Hampton Lakes.

The $2.5 million hotel, which will have three stories and 73 rooms, is scheduled to open in April.

It’s the first one to be built in Maize’s 124-year history.

A second hotel, an 84-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, is still pending.

Maize administrator Richard LaMunyon says the deal is likely to happen down the road.

“That developer is optimistic that he will start on that a year from now.”

Cheap Trick is likely replacement for Bret Michaels at Wichita River Festival

WICHITA — The likely replacement for Bret Michaels as the May 7 Wichita River Festival headliner is a band that wants you to want them.

Cheap Trick has until 5 p.m. today to accept an offer from Wichita Festivals Inc.

“There’s no confirmation of that,” says Festivals CEO Janet Wright. “We have identified several groups that could potentially be ones that might work.”

Wright does confirm that there is a 5 p.m. deadline today for an act to accept a contract.

Michaels is unable to perform after being hospitalized Thursday night following a brain hemorrhage.

A source says Cheap Trick will cost more than Michaels.

There’s also a Plan C in the works, but it sounds like Cheap Trick is likely to work out.