Copper Oven Cafe & Bakery sells to former Potbelly’s Restaurant owners

WICHITA — Former Potbelly’s Restaurant owners Phil and Sharon Schoenhofer have purchased Copper Oven Cafe & Bakery from Larry Burke.

“I thought it would be quicker to get back into the business,” Phil Schoenhofer says of buying an existing restaurant. “When you open a new restaurant in town, you’re always taking a chance. Open the doors and nobody comes.”

He says the restaurant, which is at 2409 W. 13th St., has an excellent reputation.

“That was a no-brainer to me.”

The Schoenhofers opened Potbelly’s in 1985 near 47th Street South and the Turnpike and ran it for about 20 years.

Their son, Jeff, will help them manage Copper Oven.

Though the restaurant still will sell baked goods, the Schoenhofers are renaming it Copper Oven Cafe.

“I just wanted to shorten it up a little bit,” Phil Schoenhofer says.

He says they don’t plan any other immediate changes.

“Eventually, I hope to slip a few of my recipes in as specials.”