WICHITA — Linkhaus developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey are planning to move their hot dog restaurant, which leaves their building near the southwest corner of 37th Street North and Rock Road available for another business.
“Over the past year we have seen how the market has driven us,” Ramsey says of the almost 1-year-old business.
“The market drives, at least in the hot dog-brat market . . . less of a price point,” he says. “The only way that we could capitalize on a smaller price point . . . is to decrease our overhead.”
The 3,500-square-foot, eco-friendly building with a large atrium for a dining room opened last year, but Ramsey says the hot dog and bar business didn’t draw people who wanted to stay for hours.
“It really didn’t work out as well as what we expected,” he says.
They’re not abandoning the concept, though.
“We’re certainly not dying,” Ramsey says.
He hopes to move to a strip center in the area and reduce prices.
Prices will drop starting April 2 in the current space along with an expanded menu, which will include chicken sandwiches, Angus burgers and fries.
“We’re adjusting to what the public wants,” Ramsey says.
He says a venue other than a restaurant could easily move to the Linkhaus space.
“The whole idea of the Linkhaus was the ability . . . for the concept to be modular, to be movable,” Ramsey says. “The building is that way.”
There are three areas, which he calls boxes, in the building.
“Within each box you can do something different.”
He says the kitchen and bar are movable.
Leisa Lowry and Randy Johnston of J.P. Weigand & Sons are representing Eyster and Ramsey.
Eyster and Ramsey also are still working on their new development in the former Zelman building downtown where they also plan a restaurant, though one operated by someone else.
They’re also interested in more Linkhaus restaurants, though not necessarily ones they would run.
“The concept is actually kind of a work-to-own franchise where if you stay with the company and you work your way up, ultimately you should be able to get a store without a big franchise fee,” Ramsey says.
“It’s a way of us trying to get and keep good people who really have a dream but don’t have the financial ability to get into a typical franchise.”