Daily Archives: July 9, 2013

You don’t say

“I’ve got one finger for you.”

– Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Jim Skelton, joking with Commissioner Karl Peterjohn after Skelton asked colleagues if they had all 10 fingers after the Fourth of July

Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill to expand

WICHITA — Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill may not be in Old Town proper, but it has turned into a huge Old Town hit.

The 14-month-old bar has proven so popular, it’s almost doubling its space with a new approximately 3,000-square-foot building to its south.

“Joe’s is doing better than we anticipated,” co-owner Charlie Badeen says.

He’s now leasing the former shop at 214 N. Washington and, if permits are approved, he’ll open a couple of spaces between the buildings and also extend Joe’s patio along the Washington side of the new building as well. That patio will be covered.

Badeen says he considers the new space, which could be ready in a couple of months depending on approvals, to be an oversize banquet room. He will rent it for parties and open it on particularly busy nights.

“If we’re super busy, it’ll take five minutes to open it up,” he says.

“We’re like most things in Old Town,” Badeen says of bars and restaurants. He says the business has “three or four good nights” a week.

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Pacific Coast Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue could open yet this summer

WICHITA — Construction is again under way at the future Pacific Coast Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue near Intrust Bank Arena. They could open yet this summer or in early fall.

The businesses were supposed to open in March at 222 S. Commerce St. That’s at the south end of a series of buildings attached to the back of the former Spaghetti Works space, which is east of the arena.

There have been numerous challenges, although no one involved is discussing what those challenges are.

“Some of those have been able to be worked through on both sides,” says building owner Ryan Mills.

He says in the next week or two, he should have a better idea of when the businesses can open. He says the owners would like to time the openings to events at the arena.

First, though, he says, “There’s a lot to do.”