Daily Archives: Jan. 10, 2013

Kansas Legal Services to move to former Rainbows United space downtown

WICHITA — The Wichita office of Kansas Legal Services is moving to a new home not far from its existing one.

The organization, which is based in Topeka, has offices in 11 counties throughout the state and offers a variety of legal aid to a variety of people and groups.

Currently, the Wichita office is in 7,000 square feet at 200 N. Broadway.

The new office is at 340 S. Broadway where Rainbows United used to be.

“This building is better suited for our needs,” says Rhonda Sullivan, managing attorney.

The new 8,400 square feet will offer more storage space and a conference room, which she says “makes me really happy.”

Sullivan says Kansas Legal Services has been in its current space a dozen years.

“We’ve changed a lot in those years.”

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You don’t say

“Everybody that looks at me knows I haven’t been to the Y.”

Joe Johnson of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey, who helped build the new downtown YMCA but hasn’t been there to work out yet


My Dad’s BBQ owner to open Josephine’s Pantry on North Mosley

WICHITA — My Dad’s BBQ owner Melvin Watson is opening a second restaurant.

On Jan. 18, he’s opening Josephine’s Pantry at 818 N. Mosley. The restaurant will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I really wasn’t looking to do another restaurant,” Watson says. He decided to after the opportunity for the space came up and he looked at the need in the area.

“Josephine was my grandmother,” Watson says. “She’s the one that … taught me the basics of cooking.”

Josephine’s will be “just a comfortable little spot,” he says.

“It’ll be more country-style home cooking.”

That includes dishes such as pot pie, pot roast and catfish.

Watson opened My Dad’s BBQ at 1332 N. Cleveland about four years ago, though he closed for about 10 months last year when his son persuaded him to welcome some foreign exchange students into his home.

“I learned I’m not Superman,” Watson says. “Me versus four or five 17- or 18-year-olds, I learned I need to go home and get a grip on this.”

Now that the kids are out of high school and off to college, Watson says he has time for both restaurants.

In addition to serving breakfast and lunch, Watson says he hopes Josephine’s will be a coffee shop “or a place just to get away.”