Port of Wichita to reopen in August

WICHITA — Pat Alvarez of Alvarez Construction & Floor Covering was eating dinner one night at Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant near Harry and Webb Road and looked over at the closed Port of Wichita bar.

“I said, ‘I’m going to open that bar,’” he says.

He says he’s always wanted to open a sports bar and saw his chance.

Since then, he purchased the more than 30-year-old business, gutted it and is preparing for an August opening. The grand opening is August 10 with a performance by Annie Up, and Alvarez says he’ll have a soft opening before that.

“We’re going with a real sexy theme,” he says. “Beautiful ladies.”

Alvarez says he’ll have a female-only wait staff similar to a couple of other restaurants in Wichita, though he says outfits won’t be quite as revealing.

“I’m married to a good, Christian woman,” he says. “I’ve got to keep it clean.”

The Port, which is at 1548 S. Webb Road, closed in May.

Alvarez says he’s gutted the interior and revamped the menu. He plans to have music, including live bands, DJs and karaoke.

“I’m trying to cater to a little bit more mature crowd,” he says.

And, frankly, to men, which is why the waitresses will be in crop tops.

“That’s just going to draw the guys in,” Alvarez says.

He says his wife approves.

“She supports me because it’s a moneymaker.”