Daily Archives: Feb. 6, 2013

Go! Steaks and Cafe Bel Ami owner Nabil Bacha is working on a new project

WICHITA — Some west-siders were disappointed when Nabil Bacha closed Go! Steaks near 21st and Tyler, but there’s hope for the future.

“The concept might resurface, but not anytime soon,” Bacha says. “I’m already deep into a different project. I don’t know if I can do two at the same time.”

Bacha, who also owns Cafe Bel Ami downtown, started Go! Steaks seven years ago to sell and deliver steaks and sides. He hoped to create a chain.

He’ll revisit the concept after getting his next project off the ground. Bacha isn’t sharing details about it yet.

“It’s kind of still … hush-hush.”

You don’t say

“Now I know what the Baltimore Ravens felt like on Sunday.”

KAKE-TV, Channel 10, marketing director Bryan Frye on an equipment failure at the station Wednesday that prevented the morning newscast from being broadcasted

Wichita’s Baskin-Robbins stores may or may not reopen

WICHITA — When David Cortez closed his west-side Baskin-Robbins for the winter, he said it was more economically feasible to temporarily close and then reopen this spring.

He’s now closed his east-side Baskin-Robbins as well, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be reopening either store. That doesn’t mean the Baskin-Robbins stores will stay out of business, though.

“We’re going to be …assessing where we go with them, whether we permanently close … or whether we reopen the stores,” says Louis Adams of Memphis-based Klinke Bros. Ice Cream, which is the area franchisor.

“We’re still just going through that,” Adams says.

He says he expects there will be a decision by late next week and will let us know.

Cortez didn’t return calls for comment.

Defense Contract Audit Agency is second commercial tenant for Lux

WICHITA — Developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey have landed their second commercial tenant for the Lux, and this one is awfully similar to the first.

The Defense Contract Audit Agency is taking 4,600 square feet in the building, which is the former Protection One office at the northwest corner of First and Market.

The agency will open there this July at the same time its sister organization, the Defense Contract Management Agency, and its 45 employees move into almost 10,000 square feet at the building.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to get two anchor tenants,” Ramsey says. “Those are two significant anchor tenants.”

Ramsey and Eyster are remodeling the 7-story, 171,000-square-foot building into luxury apartments and possible condos and will have commercial space on the first two floors.

There’s only about 30 percent of the second floor left to lease now that the government deals are done.

Ramsey says the building’s first three floors will be finished this summer so the agencies shouldn’t be bothered by construction noise.

Along with commercial space on the first floor, there will be meeting and venue spaces in former theater and hospitality areas that the Kansas Gas and Electric Co. used when the building was built in 1953.

“It still has the original screen and the original …projection room,” Ramsey says.

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