Twin Peaks eyes former Tommy’s Restaurant and Lounge space and one other west-side site

WICHITA — There’s buzz about Twin Peaks opening near 21st and Tyler where Tommy’s Restaurant and Lounge closed last month, but that’s only one of two west-side options for the restaurant.

“We’re looking at it,” says franchisee Rusty Rathbun. “There’s another one that popped up.”

He won’t say where the other space is because “there’s a restaurant in it.”

Wichita’s first Twin Peaks opened in the former Timberline space near 21st and Rock Road last year, and Rathbun says it’s doing well.

He says there are issues with both west-side buildings. For instance, at the former Tommy’s space – where owner Michael Redick says he overspent on renovations and had to close – Rathbun says he would have to spend $1 million to remodel.

“To me, that’s a little too much.”

If neither space works, Rathbun says he’ll go to Manhattan or Topeka next. His preference is to find west-side space first, though, and he’d like to be open by September.

“I’ve got to have something nailed down in May before I can open in September,” Rathbun says. “We’re crossing our fingers … and hoping we can.”