Monthly Archives: May 2010

You don’t say

“Maybe now he will stop texting me wanting to know when the Eagles are coming.”

Intrust Bank Arena spokeswoman Sarah Haertl, referring to Eagle sports columnist and Eagles fanatic Bob Lutz’s constant pestering about the band (which is coming to Wichita June 30)

Pho Hot on Pawnee to close; Rock Road Pho Hot Bistro to remain open

WICHITA — Pho Hot on Pawnee near the Canal Route is closing.

No one with the restaurant is commenting yet, but it looks like Pho Hot will remain open for at least a couple of more months.

After that, the Rock Road Pho Hot Bistro will be the only one left.

The original Pho Hot always seems to have a crowd, particularly at lunch, but the lease is up soon and the owners don’t want to renew.

The Pho Hot at 306 N. Rock opened in August.

Another Pho Hot at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize is still in the works, though it may not happen until the economy improves.

Orange Leaf yogurt franchise to open at 21st and Tyler

WICHITA — By July, when it’s particularly heating up, the west side will have a new way to cool down.

The self-serve frozen yogurt franchise Orange Leaf is coming to the retail center at 21st and Tyler in front of the Warren Theatre.

“I’m not kidding,” says franchisee Jeff Finnell, “by the end of the summer, people are going to be talking about this.”

Finnell and his wife, Kathy, also own Holy Trinity Catholic Books and Gifts at 8651 W. Central.

They used to live in Wichita and are now in Oklahoma.

Orange Leaf, which has about 30 sites nationally, used to be based in California but recently moved to Oklahoma City.

“We just felt like this would go over very, very well in Wichita,” Jeff Finnell says.

There will be 16 flavors from which to choose along with 40 toppings.

“And then when you’re all done creating your masterpiece, you take it to the cash register, you put it on a scale and you pay for it by the ounce,” Finnell says.

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The Eagles are confirmed — again

WICHITA — In the final Eagles news of the day, the June 30 concert date is back on Live Nation’s website.

And, as a final bit of confirmation, there’s now a sign just inside Intrust Bank Arena (and visible from Kellogg) that says, “I gotta peaceful easy feeling.”

And now that that’s settled, so do I.

KFTI drops classic country and converts to rock oldies under the call letters KLIO

WICHITA — Alan Jackson may still sing “she’s gone country,” but KFTI, 1070-AM, will no longer play it.

The station has now gone oldies, with a format that will include pop and rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

The new call letters are KLIO.

For years, when radio listeners thought of classic country in Wichita they thought of KFDI, 1070-AM — later renamed KFTI — and powerhouse personalities like Johnny Western and the late Mike Oatman.

Western retired last month.

No one with Journal Broadcast Group could be reached for comment.

In a prepared statement, Eric McCart, vice president and general manager of the Wichita operations explained the switch to oldies.

“There is a gap in the Wichita market that needs to be filled,” he said.

There was no mention of the classic country station’s storied history.

Live Nation now is not confirming the Eagles

WICHITA — I’m getting anything but a peaceful, easy feeling on this Eagles situation.

Now Live Nation has removed the June 30 Intrust Bank Arena concert confirmation from its website.

My bet is the show is still happening, but someone put the information on the website before it was supposed to be there.

Stay tuned.

Eagles are coming to Intrust Bank Arena

WICHITA — Live Nation now confirms the Eagles are coming to Intrust Bank Arena on June 30.

No one with the concert promoter returned a call for comment, but the date is now on the Live Nation website.

The site says there’s a presale for tickets starting June 2.

You don’t say

“I just feel like I have to be the one to stand up and say, ‘Look at me. Retail does work in Old Town.’ ”

Gary Gregory, owner of the 15-year-old First Gear shoe store in Old Town, who disagrees with Picture Framing & More owner Brett Osburn on the success of retail business in that area

The Shadow to close next month

WICHITA — After June 19, Wichitans will no longer see their Shadow.
The 7-year-old bar near Central and Rock is closing.

“It’s definitely tough to step aside,” says general manager Mike Cline, whose mother, Diane, owns the bar.

“We have a couple of prospective buyers,” Mike Cline says.

If a sale doesn’t happen, the business will close.

“We just want to make sure people know that through June 19, it’s business as usual,” Cline says.

He says there are a lot of reasons the Shadow is closing.

“Business has been down,” Cline says. “It’s not the same as it used to be.”

The Shadow opened in the former Grape space after that owner declared bankruptcy.

Mike Cline says a lot has happened at the bar in the years since, including weddings, parties and fundraisers.

On its last weekend, the Shadow will host the Red White and Blues benefit for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters on June 18 and plans a big party for the final night on June 19.

“That will be a whole weekend of going out in style.”

The Eagles could be coming to Intrust Bank Arena

eagles.comWICHITA — Back before Intrust Bank Arena opened, there was a lot of speculation about what act would kick off the new venue.

The most popular pick was the Eagles, except they weren’t on tour when the arena opened in January.

They are now.

There will be an announcement next week about a big show coming to the arena, and our bet is it’s the Eagles.

The band is on its Long Road Out of Eden tour now.

Its website lists a number of upcoming dates, though none for Wichita — yet.

The Eagles are playing in St. Louis on June 24 and in Dallas on June 26. Those are the closest cities announced so far. It would not be surprising to see a Wichita date around that time.

The Eagles are playing in Austin October 10, so it looks like there’s plenty of time this summer to schedule more venues.

The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban are special guests for a number of scheduled dates so far.

An arena spokeswoman won’t confirm or deny that there’s even an announcement coming next week.

Most likely, the announcement will be coming from concert promoter Live Nation.

A Live Nation spokeswoman didn’t return calls for comment.

We’ll keep you posted.