Squeezer’s Palace to reopen in Riverside

WICHITA — Longtime Wichitans will remember the former Squeezer’s Palace in Riverside, and now Kirk David hopes to introduce a new generation to the concept.

“It’s really kind of a goody shack,” he says of the business. “Squeezer’s was primarily known for its ice cream and fruit cups.”

David, who is 55, says, “People my age and older have fond memories of this place. It was . . . very unique, very hippie. It was just one of those places.”

The new Squeezer’s Palace will be in the 144-square-foot building across from the Riverside Perk at 11th Street and Bitting.

The original Squeezer’s Palace was several blocks from there.

“The whole deal with it was really the feel of it,” David says. “What it is is kind of old hippie-dippy kind of graphics.”

He’s also going for a look “that exudes peace and love and all that kind of stuff.”

A menu from the original Squeezer's Palace.

He got the idea a couple of years ago when someone showed him a former Squeezer’s Palace menu.

“I looked at it, and I thought, why couldn’t something like that work now?”

While he was working on putting a deal together, someone else leased the space to sell bierocks. That business closed, though, and David had an opportunity.

He says a lot of people were interested in the space, but he was willing to sign a 5-year lease, and he thinks that helped him secure the building.

David thinks he’ll close during the winter months since all his seating will be outside.

He’s still working on finalizing a menu, but David plans to offer ice cream, yogurt, toppings and, for a little protein, peanut butter sandwiches.

Customers can choose toppings such as bananas and coconuts  “or whatever you want” for the sandwiches.

David says he hopes “to really create . . . a place for people to hang, for people to interact, create a sense of community.”

“People remember it, especially here in Riverside,” he says of Squeezer’s.

“There’s a lot of buzz going on here about it.”