Daily Archives: July 30, 2013

You don’t say

“I feel like I’m a tax collector.”

Corporate Caterers of Wichita owner Ben Arnold, who says he accidentally underpaid on state taxes by about $16,000 (which is in addition to the previously reported almost $300,000 he owes in federal taxes)

Cathy Hetterscheidt to reopen Duke’s Bar & Grill as Harry Street Grill & Saloon

WICHITA — Duke’s Bar & Grill, which was just off the northwest corner of Harry and Seneca, is reopening with a new name.

Cathy Hetterscheidt, who has Cathy’s Breakfast Club and Cathy’s Westway Cafe, is opening the business in the middle of August. She originally planned to call it Dukette’s but then decided against it.

“The more we thought about it, that’s probably not the right name.”

She decided Harry Street Grill & Saloon is.

Hetterscheidt plans a full menu, including pizza and steaks, along with live music.

She says she’ll share plans for another new business soon.

“My next adventure is a concession trailer.”

Burrow gaming and gift store to expand with new meeting space

UPDATED — Derrek Burrows is such a friend to geeks, he’s almost doubling the size of his gaming store for them.

The Burrow has been in 1,100 square feet at 180 S. Rock Road, which is behind Wendy’s across from Towne East Square, for a couple of years.

“We have gifts for geeks,” says Burrows, a self-professed geek.

“I am, and I have been pretty much all my life.”

The store sells games that appeal to people who are into science fiction, anime and Steampunk, among other things. There are some more traditional games as well.

Burrows also offers the store as a meeting space for groups, which is why he’s expanding into an extra 900 square feet next door.

“It’s a space that will be for hobby groups and special interest groups,” he says.

For instance, there’s a “Doctor Who” fan group that meets at the Burrow once a month.

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Thunderbird Tactical to embark on $5 million expansion in northeast Wichita

An artist’s rendering of what the new Thunderbird Tactical will look like.

UPDATED — Most business people would consider it a pretty big leap to do what Ryan and Jennifer Pennock are about to do.

They’re planning to move their Thunderbird Tactical from a 1,000-square-foot retail space in Delano to a more than 26,000-square-foot store with a shooting range on the east side.

Ryan Pennock is almost nonchalant about it, though.

“This was always our end game,” he says.

The Pennocks opened their store three years ago at 406 N. Seneca. Ryan Pennock says it was a different economic climate for borrowing then.

“We just didn’t have enough capital to do this facility,” he says of what they’re now planning.

“We’re pretty proud of what we’ve been able to do,” Pennock says. “We’re busy, busy, busy,”

The Pennocks aren’t sharing precisely where they’re planning to build just yet, but Ryan Pennock says it’s in northeast Wichita and has easy access to K-96.

“It’s a big difference,” he says of what’s in the works.

The Pennocks have been contracting with an outdoor range for customer training. With the new location, there will be 24 shooting lanes, all of which will be air conditioned and have HEPA filtration.

That’s significant, Pennock says, because the store will particularly cater to professionals, such as workers who want to pop in over their lunch hours for shooting practice.

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