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.”
He’ll also be serving what he calls pub grub. Revard says he didn’t plan any food initially.
“It’s progressed so much,” he says of his plans.
Headshots will open on June 1 after Revard completes extensive renovations.
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the 3,000-square-foot space.
Revard says he’s looking forward to sharing more details and showing what the business will look like closer to when it opens.
“I’m very concerned about my first impression that my business makes.”