Daily Archives: Aug. 27, 2012

Juni’s Cafe opens at Comotara Center

WICHITA — It’s almost half a year after she hoped to be in business, but Jeniffer Kang opened her Juni’s Cafe at Comotara Center near 29th and Rock Road today.

The Korean restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and Kang says she’s open to hosting private parties on Sundays as well.

She plans a grand opening for Sept. 4.

Sarah Haertl to leave Intrust Bank Arena for BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center

WICHITA — Sarah Haertl says there’s only one arena she would have left Intrust Bank Arena for, and now that’s what she’s doing.

“My original dream job was Intrust Bank Arena,” says Haertl, who has been the director of sales and marketing since October 2009, three months before the arena opened.

As of Sept. 10, Haertl will be the director of marketing for Tulsa’s BOK Center and the Tulsa Convention Center.

“It’s just a dream opportunity for me,” she says. “The BOK is just one of those special buildings that for whatever reason continues to exceed expectations.”

Haertl is married to Bruce Haertl, sports director for KWCH, Channel 12.

“At this point I plan to come back on weekends … and one night during the week and commute as well as we possibly can,” Sarah Haertl says. “I do not have this all figured out yet.”

The Haertls have two older children and two younger ones, and Sarah Haertl says they’re all right with her move.

“The 10-year-old is really excited because the BOK Center has a Justin Bieber date.”

You don’t say

“I figured we’d all be dead or in jail.”

Robin Siefkin of ACM Removal on high school buddies Randy and Bill Simon of Freddy’s and how they’ve all managed to “become fruitful citizens” and “pay a lot of taxes”

Two new tenants to move into the Warren Travel building on East Central

WICHITA — As Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers prepares to move its corporate office into the building at 260 N. Rock Road, some current tenants there have to prepare to move out.

Several — but not all — of the professionals in the building are moving nearby to either 250 or 240 N. Rock Road.

Robin Siefkin and James Miller’s ACM Removal is moving a bit farther.

The company, which removes asbestos and mold, is moving to the Warren Travel building at 5900 E. Central.

Siefkin says there’s good and bad with the move.

“Well, it’s very stressful (to) try to keep everything rolling,” he says of working and moving.

However, it may help his waistline.

“Like my wife says, I ate too many Freddy’s steakburgers.”

Siefkin says the new site makes sense in part because of the number of trucks his company has, which is an issue on Rock Road.

“It’s kind of hectic.”

Siefkin also likes his landlords at Warren Travel, which is still in the building.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is getting a new corporate office

WICHITA — Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is getting a new corporate office at 260 N. Rock Road, which is conveniently located across the parking lot from the Freddy’s restaurant at 310 N. Rock Road.
“I obviously was cheering for this one,” says Freddy’s partner Randy Simon, whose Panera Bread office shares the same lot as well.

The Freddy’s partners, who include Scott Redler and Simon’s brother Bill, have been leasing about 3,500 square feet at 1445 N. Rock Road.

Now, they own the 18,000-square-foot building at 260 N. Rock Road, of which they’ll use 6,000 square feet on the upper level.

“With our expansions – we just opened our 74th restaurant – and in our current location we’re busting at the seams,” Redler says.

The chain’s 75th restaurant opens this week. There are eight corporate stores out of the 75. The rest are franchises.

Redler says they want to make sure to keep ahead on resources for franchisees. The company has six franchise business coaches and is looking to add a couple of more.

“We just want to have the right space to do it right,” he says.

Remodeling will start in a month. The new space should be ready to move into by the end of the year.
“This should cover us for a lot of years,” Redler says.

Another 15 to 18 Freddy’s restaurants will open this year. That includes a third one in Kansas City at the end of September near West 119th Street and Blackbob. Three more Kansas City area restaurants are in various stages of development, including one near West 107th Street and Roe Avenue in Overland Park that also should open by the end of the year.

Redler says there likely will be a celebration to mark the 100th restaurant, but there’s not one for the 75th this week.

“It’s just kind of another day.”