Daily Archives: April 16, 2013

Koch Industries makes its own Tea Party joke through a Gridiron ad

WICHITA — Koch Industries isn’t particularly known for its sense of humor or ability to get along with journalists, but the company had the last laugh with its ad in this year’s Gridiron program.

Gridiron is an annual show spoofing current events that the Society of Professional Journalists puts on to raise scholarship money. In fact, Koch occasionally is the subject of said spoofing.

The theme of last weekend’s show was “Fifty Shades of Gridiron.”

The Koch ad, which was on the back page of the program, was headlined “Fifty Shades of Earl Grey” and showed a large teacup with a teabag in it, making light of Koch’s alleged Tea Party ties.

“Wait…so this isn’t a Tea Party meeting?” the copy says.

In smaller print, it says, “Koch Industries allegedly supports Gridiron with secretive dark money.”

Koch spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia says response has been great – particularly from journalists.

“People have seen, look, we do kind of laugh,” she says.

“We have a sense of humor.”


Headshots Bar & Grill to open in the former Backstage space at Oxford Square

WICHITA — Ryan Revard is excited to talk about the new bar and grill he’s planning for the former Backstage space in Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn, but at the same time he doesn’t want to go into too much detail yet.

“I am trying to avoid a knee-jerk reaction from people when they see it,” he says. That’s because he’s planning a themed business that focuses on video games, which will feature free console-based video games. He’s calling it Headshots Bar & Grill.

“That can mean a lot of things to a very broad range of people,” he says of the name.

Revard says he doesn’t want anyone to say, “Oh, this is a bar for people who live in their mom’s basement and don’t have jobs.”

He says, “By nature, a game is a social interaction between multiple people.”

The business will target people ages 21 to 35, which is why Revard says he wanted to be near Wichita State University, but he says anyone will be welcome.

Revard is a gamer himself, and he also has a mixology degree.

“I wanted to combine my two most favorite things and make a business out if it.”

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First Wichita Freebirds World Burritos to open near Central and Hillside

WICHITA — Almost a year after announcing they wanted to come to Wichita, the first Freebirds World Burrito franchisees will be opening here.

Overland Park-based FB Midwest Development is the first franchisee of the chain, which is based in Texas and California, and plans to develop Freebirds sites in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

The first Wichita Freebirds will be just south of Central and Hillside in the same center as Great Wall.

“We like the area; traffic counts are good,” says Bryce Katz, COO and partner.

“Everybody said College Hill was a good little center.”

He says he and his partners especially like that Wesley Medical Center is at the intersection.

“That was obviously a huge draw for us.”

In July, Have You Heard? first reported that the group wanted to bring three Freebirds restaurants here.

The first one should open by the middle of June with seating for about 100, including a patio.

Katz says the restaurant is similar to Chipotle Mexican Grill and has a big focus on organic items such as grass-fed beef and hormone-free chicken.

Freebirds has what Katz calls “very, very fresh” burritos, burrito bowls, nachos, quesadillas, salad and seven kinds of salsa.

After the first Freebirds opens, look for a second possible announcement in the 21st and Greenwich area.