Daily Archives: June 8, 2010

You don’t say

“I’m just thinking, how did that conversation go? Should we go to Betty’s house or should we go to the Dillons at Rock and Central?”

Jane Deterding of Citizens Bank of Kansas, who stopped into Dillons for lunch Friday and was delighted to see “four silver-haired ladies enjoying their afternoon” playing bridge at a four-top table

Delano establishment to be restaurant and entertainment complex in addition to a bar

WICHITA — A few Delano dwellers have expressed concern over the new business coming to the former Davis Furniture space, but Chris Ruffin says not to worry.

“It’s going to be a restaurant and entertainment facility and a bar,” says Ruffin, who is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties. “It’s not going to be just a bar.”

The 15,000-square-foot space will be divided into a restaurant and a bar.

“The side with the bar is going to have live music,” Chris Ruffin says.

The restaurant side will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with barbecue and an eclectic mix of other food.

Ruffin describes it as “kind of fun food.”

Customers can eat in the bar as well as the restaurant.

There also will be an outside seating area with a fire pit.

Ruffin will share more details as plans progress.

Second Orange Leaf coming to Wichita, followed by a possible third

WICHITA — There’s a second Orange Leaf self-serve yogurt shop coming to Wichita, but it’s not by the same franchisee who is bringing one to 21st and Tyler.

Jeff Finnell is bringing the Oklahoma-based franchise to the west side in front of the Warren Theatre next month.

Franchisee Sean O’Brien also has an Orange Leaf planned for Siena Plaza on the northwest corner of 37th and Rock by mid-August.

“The shopping center’s great,” O’Brien says of the Caro Development property.

He likes how upscale it is and that it has a high traffic count.

The shop, which features a large variety of flavors and toppings, will be about 1,900 square feet and seat 40 inside and more outside.

O’Brien also is working on another Wichita site which he may finalize in the next week or two.

“We are the fastest-growing yogurt franchise going right now,” says CEO Arty Straehla.

When he and a business partner bought the chain in April, there were 15 Orange Leaf sites.

Now there are 25, and there are 15 more under construction and another 15 in the leasing stage.

The concept started in Oklahoma last year.

“It really caught on,” Straehla says. “We’ve seen that pretty much everywhere.”

He says the stores generally serve areas within a couple of miles of where they’re located, so he thinks Wichita could support several Orange Leaf shops.

“We’re not going to oversaturate the market,” Straehla says.

“Five or six is definitely within reason,” he says. “Maybe a few more.”