Monthly Archives: February 2011

Gander Mountain may remodel and add shooting range

WICHITA — It looks like Gander Mountain may soon be remodeling its store at WaterWalk.

Nationally, the Minnesota-based company has been planning remodels at a number of stores along with adding indoor shooting ranges.

There’s no official announcement on when — or if — the remodeling is happening here, but it’s looking very likely.

“It is under serious consideration,” says spokesman David Ewald.

“We are continuing to announce remodels.”

Remodeling includes what Ewald calls “significant changes” to fixtures, sight lines and signage.

The shooting range is called Gander Mountain Academy.

“It’s way, way more than a shooting range,” Ewald says.

“It’s what we call a virtual range,” he says.

There are real handguns that shoot lasers, and virtual simulators allow people to practice in real-life situations in realistic surroundings.

“Which is very cool,” Ewald says. “I’ve tried it myself.”

Look for news on the possible remodeling here later this year.

Ewald says Gander Mountain loves Wichita and has “been delighted to have the store here.”

You don’t say

“Well, you know, can a guy make a mistake?”

Uptown Bistro owner Melad Stephan, who says he forgot to renew his liquor license and that it will be reinstated Thursday

Goodwill Industries of Kansas to open new store at Cherry Creek

UPDATED — Goodwill Industries of Kansas is preparing to open its 16th store, this time at the Cherry Creek shopping center on the southwest corner of Harry and Rock.

This will make the fifth Goodwill store in Wichita when it opens in late March.

“It’ll just be like all of our other stores, offering good bargains to people,” says president Emily Compton.

Proceeds go to help pay for programs and services for people with disabilities and those who face employment barriers.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the lease for the 13,800-square-foot space.

Compton says there’s one chief reason why the new store will go at Harry and Rock.

“It’s the seventh busiest intersection in Wichita.”

Jacque Inc. Photography opens in Old Town

WICHITA — There’s a new photography studio in Old Town Square.

Jacque Waite has opened Jacque Inc. Photography in the former Reb and, before that, Beadazzled space next to Caffe Moderne.

Waite started her company five years ago as a side business. Her main job was at DigitalBrand Communications.

“I just recently decided to try it on my own,” Waite says of taking her business full time.

She’s done a lot of shooting in Old Town prior to deciding to locate her business there.

“I love shooting down here, portraits for sure,” Waite says. “I had so many people wanting to shoot down here last fall, and I’m assuming people will want that this spring.”

She likes “the combination of having a nice open space within (my studio) and then having all the great spots around Old Town outside.”

Waite wants to focus on more commercial photography. She says it’s different than shooting portraits of, say, children.

“Although I love spontaneous shoots like that where I have to make spontaneous decisions on the fly, I really like to have more control,” Waite says.

She likes the planning involved in commercial shoots.

“That’s what I loved about working at DigitalBrand,” Waite says. “We’d spend three weeks planning and then a day to shoot and a day to post.”

She plans to hold an open house in her new 1,600 square feet on March 12.

You don’t say

“You make a plan, and sometimes you have to revise your plan.”

– The Wichita chamber’s Barby Jobe who, upon being told CEO Bryan Derreberry was leaving, immediately realized she’d need to replace two billboards that feature him

Pho Chopstix to open near 21st and Ridge today

WICHITA — A new owner is reopening Chopstix at 2233 N. Ridge Road.
Tony Cao hopes to open Pho Chopstix today.

He’ll sell Vietnamese cusine, such as pho, a type of soup, meat dishes and noodle dishes.

The restaurant seats about 40 and will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You don’t say

Five Guys doesn’t have booze, beer or breakfast. I think @anchorwichita will survive.”

— Wichita freelance writer Scott Elpers’ tweet Thursday in reply to another Twitter user’s concern that the Anchor will be adversely affected by the new Five Guys locating so close to it

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is coming downtown to Douglas and Ida

UPDATED — There’s a lot of downtown news this week with more approvals coming on the area’s master plan.

What might bring a little more immediate excitement is Five Guys Burgers and Fries‘ confirmation that it has a deal to open Sept. 1 at the southwest corner of Douglas and Ida.

Have You Heard? first reported that was a possibility in August.

Five Guys franchisee Jeff Miller says he’ll locate on Douglas across from the Anchor, which is on the southeast corner of that intersection, though the city’s Historic Preservation Board still needs to approve the restaurant’s design.

“We’re pretty confident that they’ll be real happy with what we’re bringing to them,” Miller says. “We don’t anticipate any problems there.”

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Cafe 151 to open Monday

WICHITA — OK, this makes much more sense.

Jeremy Wade and Ben Arnold’s A.V.I. restaurant at the Broadview isn’t what’s opening Monday (as we incorrectly reported earlier). It’s their Cafe 151 at Cargill’s Wichita headquarters where Piccadilly Express used to be.

To see the menu for the new restaurant, click here.

There also will be daily specials.

Look for A.V.I. to open this summer after the Broadview renovations are complete.

Pitas & Paninis closes; Roni Attari continues catering

WICHITA — Pitas & Paninisbrief existence has come to an end.

Owner Roni Attari opened the restaurant on Tyler just south of Central with Jason-Paul Febres as Yuca Latin Bistro. He then parted with Febres during the April 2010 opening and changed the name in December.

Now, he says he’s going to concentrate on catering.

“I just couldn’t give the restaurant, you know, 100 percent of my time,” Attari says.

Help was an issue, he says.

“If I wasn’t there (food) wasn’t coming out the same way.”

In addition to continuing his own catering, Attari will handle catering for his uncles, Tony Abdayem, who owns La Galette, and John Abdayem, who owns T.J.’s Burger House.

“That way (customers) just have more variety of what to order,” Attari says.

He says he prefers catering to running a restaurant. He says there’s more flexibility with catering and a better profit margin, too.

Not that he wouldn’t consider opening another restaurant. Attari says he’ll consider it very carefully before trying again, though.