Daily Archives: May 20, 2013

Bill Warren’s theater in Moore, Okla., has some tornado damage but is fine, he says

UPDATED — Bill Warren’s theater in Moore, Okla., sustained damage from a tornado that tore through the city this afternoon, but he says everyone there is fine.

“The theater had a little bit of damage, but I don’t care about that,” he says.

He says staff and customers are safe.

“We talked to the staff, and everyone is safe.”

The glass front of the building is damaged, Warren says.

“I just saw the theater on CNN,” he says. “Well, the front looks kind of bad.”

Then Warren talked with a manager at the theater.

“He said that the front of the place is superficially pretty torn up,” Warren says. “That looks pretty tore up, but the building’s fine.

He says a nearby hospital is damaged as well.

“The bowling alley next door is leveled,” Warren says. “The houses behind the theater are flattened.”

He says he believes the tornado veered and mostly avoided his building.

Warren says he’s been told by a Wichita news outlet that his theater is being used as a staging area for responders, but he hasn’t confirmed that with anyone in Oklahoma.

“The building’s whole and safe, and it’s got emergency lighting.”

Warren says he’s relieved about everyone’s safety at the building.

“That’s all that counts. I don’t care about the building. I’ve got insurance for that.”

There’s also a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers a block south of the theater.

Freddy’s COO Scott Redler says there’s no word on the condition of the restaurant yet but that everyone there is OK.

“No one in Freddy’s is injured,” he says. “Our regional manager actually had to park a distance . . . and walk to the restaurant.”

A text from the manager to Redler says that no one is hurt and that there aren’t any phones.

“That’s the important stuff,” Redler says. “No one’s injured, so that’s really all that matters.”

Redler says he spoke with Warren, who told him he thinks he saw the restaurant on TV and that it looks OK.

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“I just keep thinking Mother Nature’s got something really spectacular for us for the summer. That’s what I’m holding onto.”

Pat Randleas, manager of the Old Town Farmers’ Market, whose crops first were delayed by a late spring and now have hail damage

All Things Barbecue to expand in Delano

WICHITA — All Things Barbecue is expanding in Delano — again.

“The heart of what we’re doing is moving into 818 W. Douglas,” says owner Don Cary. “Kind of the big deal is it’s going to give us more room for retail.”

He and his wife, Kathy, opened the business in 1,700 square feet at 615 W. Douglas, west of the Delano clock tower, in July 2009 and then doubled their space in 2010 by taking another 1,700 square feet at 617 W. Douglas. They also have another building at 121 N. Oak for a teaching kitchen.

Their new space will open in July with 4,500 square feet for a showroom, 1,600 square feet for a classroom and 2,200 square feet for a patio.

“This is phase one,” Don Cary says of plans.

The next phase, which will come later this summer, is an addition of more property adjacent to the new space.

“We’re really, really moving into doing outdoor kitchen spaces,” Don Cary says. “One of the things that we desperately need to do that well is a dedicated showroom.”

He says he’ll share more news on that as the time gets closer.

For now, the Carys are concentrating on the move to 818 W. Douglas.

“It’ll facilitate several things,” Don Cary says.

That includes demonstrating the store’s grills, holding events and offering classes.

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