Daily Archives: June 25, 2010

Shanannigans owner files Chapter 11

WICHITA — Shanannigans owner Dean Bratt has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debts of more than $1.3 million, but he says it won’t affect his business.

“Shanannigans is doing just fine,” Bratt says of the bar and restaurant at 1014 N. West St.

He says Shanannigans has two-thirds of its business back after losing it due to construction along West Street.

“This club went to nothing because of West Street,” he says. “That’s all there was to it.”

Bratt made that complaint earlier this year, too.

“You can’t stop the flow of northbound traffic . . . and not have it affect everybody on West Street,” he says. “It’s what we all dealt with for over a year now.”

He says now that lanes have reopened due to less construction, things are improving.

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You don’t say

“Need a drink…..? Us too.”

— A sign at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in an area that’s being renovated by the Harvest bar

What Wichitans want: We want to know

WICHITA — Don’t forget, you have only through the end of the day Sunday to vote in our poll of what restaurants or retail businesses you’d like to see here.

You can choose your five favorites from our list of almost 60 choices.

Vote here.

Next week, we’ll call the top 10 businesses in the poll to see what it would take to get them here. Look for the results July 4.

Frida’s Mexican Grill owner Mario Quiroz looks for new restaurant space

WICHITA — Frida’s Mexican Grill owner Mario Quiroz had planned to close his restaurant next week before moving to a new space, but he’s decided to wait at least a month.

“I’m just trying to find the right spot,” Quiroz says. “I didn’t want to stop operations in one place not having the other one ready.”

Frida’s currently is near the Thai Binh grocery store on West 21st Street, just east of Amidon.

Quiroz says the Minnesota Guys are talking to him about moving downtown.

“There’s lots of chances to relocate my business,” he says. “There’s some people who really like my concept.”

Part of the reason Quiroz wants to move is the large entertainment hall attached to the small restaurant is too big and doesn’t make enough money for him to continue operating.

Quiroz says he may have found someone to sublease that space.

When he moves, Quiroz plans to still have some sort of room for live music on a much smaller scale. He doesn’t want music to be the main focus, though.

“What I really like to do is more restaurant food.”