Daily Archives: Aug. 20, 2012

Famous Footwear to open in former Highlands Gastropub space on Rock Road

WICHITA — A new business is going in the former Highlands Gastropub and Cardroom space at 3731 N. Rock Road, but this time it’s not a restaurant.

Famous Footwear is taking the 7,500 square feet.

No one with the company returned calls for comment, but remodeling is under way, and it looks like the store should be open in a few months.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

After Highlands Gastropub closed in late 2009, Colorado-based BenchWarmers Tavern & Grill signed a 10-year lease for the space but didn’t end up coming.

Before the gastropub opened in the building, Serengeti Grill was briefly there, and Black Canyon Grille had a longer existence there before that.

In addition to the new Famous Footwear, the existing ones at Towne East Square and Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road will remain open. There also are two Famous Footwears on the west side.


You don’t say

“I apologize for monopolizing the microphone, but I’m the senior senator, so the hell with it.”

– Sen. Pat Roberts during a Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association panel discussion in Wichita Monday that included Sen. Jerry Moran and Reps. Mike Pompeo, Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins

Mayor Carl Brewer to sell barbecue sauces

WICHITA — Before he was known as a politician, Mayor Carl Brewer was known for his barbecue.

He and his wife, Cathy, have entered barbecue competitions since the 1990s and have been perfecting their sauces since then. Now, they’re almost ready to start selling them.

“We have some businesses that have agreed to sell them,” Brewer says. He says they’re businesses he buys barbecue supplies from.

“I don’t think they’re ready for me to say who they are yet.”

One is the Spice Merchant, where the Brewers will be kicking off sales with some barbecue samples on Sept. 22.

There are three sauces the Brewers will sell under the Brewer’s Best label. There’s a mild sauce, a sweet one and a hot sauce.

“I like the mild,” the mayor says. He says it’s sweet and tangy. “All these different flavors will capture you as you’re eating it.”

As the Brewers traveled the country for competitions, they learned the differences between northern and southern sauces.

“We just kept going back and forth, asking people, ‘What is it you like about it? What is it you don’t like about it?’” Carl Brewer says.

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