Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

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“At first I laughed. I thought that was so funny. And then the next day, it was not funny at all.”

Sacred Heart Gifts owner Sheri Ramirez on a Bishop Carroll Catholic High School alumni letter that incorrectly stated someone else now owns the business, which she says caused her customers to panic

Thai Smile to open in former Li’l Mexico space, Pho Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant to open in Thai Smile space

WICHITA — The Thai restaurant Thai Smile is moving in order to expand.

Owner Sakunphan Pongphan says his restaurant closed at its previous address at 1523 S. Seneca in late May.

His new space will open Monday at 1601 E. Pawnee where Li’l Mexico used to be.

“We wanted a bigger place,” Pongphan says.

Instead of seating for a dozen, he says he’ll now be able to seat 84.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Thai Smile will be open for lunch and dinner six days a week and will close on Tuesdays.

According to a sign at the former Thai Smile space, Pho Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant is opening in that space.

Hotel at Old Town sues two managers who left for positions at the Ambassador Hotel

UPDATED — The Hotel at Old Town has filed a lawsuit against former general manager Sheila Cole and former director of sales Amy Grossman, who now hold the same positions at the 6-month-old Ambassador Hotel.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Sedgwick County District Court on Tuesday, Cole faxed Jack DeBoer, the principal owner of the Hotel at Old Town, resignations for herself and Grossman on May 30. The suit says Cole offered Grossman a job at the Ambassador and that Cole faxed a note that Grossman “accepted the challenge of helping turn the hotel around.”

The suit alleges breach of fiduciary duty, the destruction of evidence and the misappropriation of trade secrets, among other things.

“I think I was treated very poorly,” DeBoer says. “I’m just protecting my asset. That’s what my attorneys counseled me to do to protect it. So that’s my story.”

Neither Cole nor Grossman returned calls for comment.

The suit alleges that prior to her resignation, “Cole accessed her office computer and deleted significant portions of the Microsoft Outlook ‘In Box,’ deleted her ‘Sent Box,’ deleted her Microsoft Outlook ‘Trash’ or ‘Recycle Bin,’ and ran a program called CCleaner to erase the evidence of the ‘link files’ showing Defendant Cole’s links to documents recently accessed by her. By running CCleaner, Cole also permanently erased the evidence of all temporary files and histories, the download history, and the evidence of what was downloaded to her Flash Drive and then erased from her computer and placed in the trash/recycle bin.”

DeBoer says he doesn’t want to comment further on the lawsuit.

“I want to stay out of it.”

The 82-year-old businessman has one thing to say, though.

“The only thing I can say is I’ve never sued anybody. How ’bout that?” DeBoer says. “I’m a lover, not a fighter.”

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