New bars and restaurants opening on east, west sides and downtown

WICHITA — There are several new bar and restaurant deals in the works.

Not unexpectedly, Charlie Badeen and David Allan have decided to reopen their O’Brien’s Irish Pub on East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin.

They closed it last year, and the short-lived Encore Restaurant and Nightclub took its place.

Earlier this month, Badeen told Have You Heard? he and Allan were considering various options for the space, including reopening O’Brien’s.

They originally closed because they were opening the new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town, plus they already had Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill on the west side and Mulligan’s Pub out east.

They’ve since sold Mulligan’s, and they’re ready to open Joe’s in the next week or two.

Badeen says O’Brien’s should open by the end of March.

“Basically everything’s going to be about the same.”

There’s another deal in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown near Intrust Bank Arena.

The first Pacific Coast Pizza opened in 2009 at Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock.

Looks like the new restaurant would be part of a larger development, which could include a couple of bars. Look for more news on that in the coming weeks.

Finally, on the west side, apparently there’s going to be a new Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill opening in the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space at 8406 W. Central across from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

The original Larry Bud’s is in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

It looks like a deal for the west-side space is close to being finalized. We’ll let you know as soon as it is.