Daily Archives: Nov. 20, 2012

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Metro Grill IV a possibility for downtown

WICHITA — At long last, Michael Gonzalez is looking to bring his Metro Grill downtown.

“Since Day 1 at the mall, they’ve been asking me to come downtown,” he says of customers from his Metro Grill stand at Towne East Square. “They’re dying for us to go downtown.”

In addition to the mall location, Gonzalez has a sit-down Metro Grill at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road, and another restaurateur has Gonzalez’s former Metro Grill in Andover.

The downtown location, which would be close to Cafe Bel Ami near South Broadway and East William, isn’t official yet.

“This is not 100 percent,” Gonzalez says.

He says he’s only in talks with a developer, who approached him.

“If it’s a sweet deal, I’ll take it.”

You don’t say

“Your heart just might grow 3 sizes.”

– A tweet from Heartspring invoking the Grinch to encourage volunteers for this weekend’s Lights on the Lake

Panera Bread isn’t coming to Andover yet

WICHITA — Andover residents often wish for more restaurants in their backyard, and Panera Bread is tops on that list for some.

Is there a chance it’ll happen?

“I suspect it’ll be as soon as they have a daytime population,” says Panera franchisee Randy Simon.

Simon says a Panera needs to see 800 people a day “in order to be economical at all.”

“If you go into areas that don’t have much daytime population, it is very difficult to try to survive.”

The problem with Andover, Simon says, is so many residents drive to Wichita for work.

“We do 85 percent of our business between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Simon says.

Andover residents shouldn’t give up hope, though.

“I continue to talk to people out there,” Simon says.

Simon is working with his Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partners — his brother, Bill, and Scott Redler — on two new Kansas City area restaurants.

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Jon’s Ale House to open in former Kelly’s Irish Pub space downtown

UPDATED — A new bar is going in the former Kelly’s Irish Pub space at 917 E. Douglas.

Anthony Lynch is opening Jon’s Ale House, which is named for his late friend Jon Pine.

“He basically got us into drinking different types of beers,” Lynch says of himself and general manager Damon Coleman, Pine’s cousin.

“He enjoyed beer.”

Lynch says he used to drink Bud Light before Pine introduced him to a variety of other beers, which is what he says is now inspiring his business.

“That’s the whole concept of the bar,” he says. “We’re going to have a diversity of beers.”

Lynch expects to have more than 120 kinds of beer along with a limited food selection of mostly sandwiches and hot dogs. He says that could grow over time.

There will be a variety of music, including live bands and a DJ one night a week.

Lynch says he’s hoping to have Jon’s Ale House open by early January.

He thinks Pine would approve.

“He would love it. He would be there every day.”