Daily Archives: Feb. 13, 2012

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“This should stem the complaint e-mails.”

KAKE, Channel 10, managing meteorologist Jay Prater, who has been hearing from people (some of whom blame him) about this year’s lack of snow

KinFolk Cafe to open in former Nifty Kitchen space at 1815 S. Broadway

WICHITA — A new restaurant is opening in the former Nifty Kitchen space at 1815 S. Broadway.

Susan Klaus and Lisa Shaw are opening KinFolk Cafe there in the next week or two.

The two plan homestyle cooking from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week. Most likely, they’ll take off Mondays, but they’ve not decided for sure yet.

Klaus says there will be staples, such as mashed potatoes, cinnamon rolls and brownies.

“Everything is going to be homemade as far as we can go with it,” she says.

There will be daily specials, such as ham and scalloped potatoes.

Klaus owned a deli in Leavenworth years ago. More recently she’s been working as a waitress.

“The tips aren’t very good,” she says.

Besides, Klaus says, “I’d rather be working for myself.”

Beijing Chinese restaurant to open on West Central

WICHITA — There has been a string of restaurants at 3008 W. Central — most recently Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar, Maharaja and New York Cafe — but there’s a new one coming that may have more staying power.

Zhiyong Liu is opening Beijing, a Chinese restaurant. The concept is the same as his brother Benny Liu’s popular Great Wall restaurants, which are throughout the city.

Beijing will offer traditional Chinese dishes, seating for 30 and carryout. It will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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

Look for Beijing to open in April.

Dragon Estate investors buy floors in Sutton Place and Broadway Plaza and plan more purchases downtown

WICHITA — What started as a real estate search for a law office has led Abdul Arif to become a new investor in downtown along with several of his friends and business associates.

The members of the group, who operate under the name Dragon Estate, are Asian immigrants.

“This is our home,” Arif says of how they now view Wichita. “This is where we believe in.”

The other investors are Mui Nguyen, who owns Roof Mechanics; Vinh Le, a Boeing engineer; and Tariq Azmi, a systems engineer with CGF Industries.

“This group of guys (is) who I normally hang out with,” Arif says. “They’re always looking to do something.”

Boeing has told Le he has to move to Seattle. He doesn’t want to, though, so that’s part of the group’s motivation.

“They’re looking for investments and things to keep him here,” Arif says.

So far, they’re investing in downtown one floor at a time.

“Someone told us there’s a good deal at Sutton Place,” Arif says of the building at Market and William.

Real Development owns several floors there. Two floors that others own are in foreclosure.

So far, Arif and his associates have purchased the first floor of Sutton Place.

Arif says he’s in negotiations to buy the foreclosed floors as well.

Once the group has more floors, its plan is to develop residential condos there.

That’s also where Arif will move his Arif & Haeri law office.

Arif says the first floor of Sutton Place will remain office space. He’s also in negotiations for a new restaurant to move into the former Daily Grind space on that floor.

“I’m supposed to sign a lease fairly quickly.”

All About Business, a marketing and consulting firm, also is moving its office there.

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