Daily Archives: Feb. 1, 2012

Gaslamp Grille & Lounge owner possibly retooling the struggling restaurant

The Gaslamp Grille & Lounge near Central and Rock isn’t closing, but it looks like owner Whitney VinZant is trying to retool the restaurant.

He’s talking to at least one group about changing the restaurant’s concept from fine dining to more of a music venue. The kind of music? A dueling piano bar.

The restaurant also has scaled back its hours. VinZant and his marketing director didn’t return calls for comment.



SpringClean Laundry owner to open what he thinks will be the third-largest Laundromat in the country

WICHITA — Perry Duncan is, perhaps arguably, the Laundry King of Kansas.

He’s owned many himself, built plenty of them for others and now is working on what he says likely will be the third-largest Laundromat in the country.

Duncan owns SpringClean Laundry, which in 2009 he told Have You Heard? he wanted to develop into a chain of large, upscale laundries – with large dryers, flat-screen TVs and carpeting.

His newest SpringClean will be in the former Spear’s Restaurant and Pie Shop space at 1930 N. Woodlawn, which is just south of Brittany Center at the corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Duncan is adding to the building for a total of 13,000 square feet.

So how does he know this might be the third-largest?

“I’ve been doing it 30 years,” he says.

Duncan says he’s quite familiar with the business nationwide.

His first two SpringClean sites, at 416 N. Ridge and 1224 S. Webb, are about 9,000 square feet each.

Duncan says he’s inspired by cinema entrepreneur Bill Warren of Warren Theatres.

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Palmers Grill near K-96 and Webb Road closes after less than a year in business

WICHITA — After not quite a year in business, Trey Dower has closed his Palmers Grill where Fritz Co. Grille used to be near K-96 and Webb Road.

“It is accurate,” says Don Ablah of Classic Real Estate, who handles leasing at the building.

“He just decided that he needed to not pursue it further,” Ablah says.

The building and the equipment in it are once again for lease. Ablah says the building’s owners are open to selling as well.

Before Dower made the decision to close, two other parties expressed interest in the space. Ablah says those parties aren’t interested in putting a restaurant there.

We’ll let you know what happens.


Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik closes after less than a year in business

WICHITA — Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik owner Richard Jack has given up.

Tuesday was the last day of business for the restaurant at 1202 N. Broadway.

Jack and his family did extensive work on the building before opening it nine months ago.

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants — metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

Jack says the location wasn’t right, though.

“I got tired of the prostitutes and the homeless people and the vagrants bugging customers,” he says.

Then, when the police would come to deal with those individuals, Jack says, they blocked his driveway.

There were other issues as well, he says.

“People are too used to going to McDonald’s and Burger King. They can drive through. Here, they have to pull up and actually walk in the building.”

Jack says he had a number of loyal customers — whom he says he especially appreciates – but not enough of them.

Moving the restaurant to another location is a possibility.

“Anywhere but here,” Jack says. “I loved cooking.”

Remaining open where he was is not an option.

“Sooner or later you get tired of hitting your head against the wall.”


CN Cash For Gold to open two more Wichita stores

WICHITA — Cox will have a new neighbor where it’s moving at 21st and Rock (see preceding item).

CN Cash For Gold is opening next to the future Cox space on Monday.

“We’re pretty excited,” says manager Nick Nguyen. “The business is good.”

The store will be 1,401 square feet.

Nguyen is opening a second CN Cash For Gold on Monday on the west side next to Goebel Liquor near Maple and West streets. That store will be 1,200 square feet.

These are the third and fourth CN Cash For Gold stores in Wichita. Nguyen’s group has almost a dozen of the stores total in Kansas and Missouri.

CN Cash For Gold buys precious metals and coins.

Nguyen is looking to hire four employees.

“We’re looking for good people to be part of our team.”

Like the Cox deal, Ish Tamas of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled this one as well.


Cox retail center at Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock to move, but not far

UPDATED — Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas is moving its retail center at 21st and Rock, but it’s not going far.

The store will move from the Shops at Tallgrass near the northeast corner across the parking lot to the north of Dillons.

“We are just keeping in line with the Cox retail marketing strategy,” says spokeswoman Sarah Kauffman.

At 3,000 square feet, the new store will be larger than the existing one.

“We really want consumers and customers to have an experience when they walk in a Cox store,” Kauffman says.

The new store will be especially hands-on with technology, she says, “where customers can test or try out the products.”

That includes high-speed Internet, digital cable and home phones.

Ish Tamas of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

In about a week, Cox will start remodeling the space, which was where Supplement Giant and Home Fitness Exercise Equipment Co. used to be.

Last summer, owners Wayne and Lisa Ragsdale made their own short jaunt across the parking lot to new space where a former Blockbuster was.

The new Cox store should open in a couple of months.