He considered bringing a new concept or finding someone else to take the space.
“We were hoping someone would buy it or take it over,” Stephan says.
That hasn’t happened, so he’s now chosen to put a cocktail lounge there.
D’Vine is the working name.
“That’s what I’m leaning to. Someone said it wasn’t manly enough,” he says, laughing.
Stephan plans some remodeling, including taking out the island bar.
“It was just so inconvenient when we (got) busy.”
He’s going to darken the atmosphere and expand the outside patio, where he plans to have live music.
Stephan will serve tapas along with “a lot of good cocktails Wichita hasn’t seen yet.”
Unlike a restaurant, which costs more to operate in part because of a larger staff, Stephan says the lounge should be more profitable.
“The break-even will be a lot less,” he says of what he’ll have to make.
Look for a mid-to-late August opening.
“It’s going to be a cool place.”