Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

Taco Bueno to sublease West Street space

WICHITA — When the Taco Bueno at 333 S. West St. caught fire in August due to a carelessly thrown cigarette, a fire official said it likely would be a long time before the restaurant would reopen.

Turns out it won’t happen at all.

“They decided not to reopen it,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

He’s now helping Taco Bueno sublease the 2,500-square-foot space, which is just south of the southwest corner of Maple and West.

“The most important thing is the city has already widened and improved West Street,” Saville says.

The building has a drive-through and has been entirely rebuilt, he says.

“You sure wouldn’t have known there was any damage to the property,” Saville says.

“It’s pretty good real estate.”

You don’t say

“Did you put it all on Gonzaga?”

Conan O’Brien teasing President Obama on Saturday at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner about a possible gambling problem because he bet against the Shockers

Stephen Stewart leaves the Hyatt Regency Wichita; Ripton Melhado becomes GM

WICHITA — Hyatt Regency Wichita general manager Stephen Stewart is leaving for the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Ohio.

Ripton Melhado is going to take over the Wichita general manager job on May 8. He’s currently the director of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Stewart is already transitioning to his new post, but he’ll return to Wichita for at least one event before departing for good.

Stewart is resigning as chairman of Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau. Melhado won’t be taking that position.

Paradise Donuts and Coffeehouse to open in former Wonder Bread space

UPDATED — A second helping of Paradise is coming to the west side.

Marilyn and Hervey Wright III are opening Paradise Donuts and Coffeehouse near Maple and Maize, which will be the second Paradise Donuts on the west side.

Steve Trask opened one at 3107 W. Central in 2010.

The Tulsa-based Paradise Donuts offers licensing agreements for an area of three to five miles.

“We just have had this in the back of our minds, and the timing seemed to be right,” says Marilyn Wright, who used to work in accounting at Koch Industries.

Hervey Wright was in administration at Friends University for 20 years.

Marilyn Wright says they both grew up loving doughnuts.

Her mother made homemade bread and doughnuts with an inspiring effect.

“Hers were so good that people came to church on Sundays when she provided the fellowship refreshments.”

A young Hervey Wright, who was known as Billy back then, used to perch on a stool to watch his grandmother create cake doughnuts. He once wrote his name on her doughnut recipe card.

“And the doughnuts were forever called ‘Billy Doughnuts,’” Marilyn Wright says.

She says they chose the Paradise affiliation because the brand allows them the flexibility to do their own menu and store design.

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