Daily Archives: Sept. 10, 2013

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“It’s like having company. You’re excited, but at the same time, you can’t wait till they leave.”

John “JetmanThien on the Travel Channel’s “BBQ Crawl” show shooting his lunch business Wednesday at Jet Bar-B-Q

Wichita Burner moves to new space

WICHITA — When Ross Lumbert purchased Wichita Burner in February, he knew he wanted to make improvements to the business and its location.

“That was my goal, to give the business a new start,” he says.

That’s what Lumbert is doing now by moving the business from its longtime home at 312 S. Laura to just around the corner at 300 S. Washington, which is the southeast corner of Washington and Waterman.

“I wanted to get out of that old location,” Lumbert says. “It was very old and needed lots of renovations.”

The old space had about 5,000 square feet. The new one has 8,000 square feet.

Lumbert says there’s a great interior on the new space which is “much better suited for our purposes.”

“Wichita Burner has historically been the go-to guys for parts and systems related to commercial heating and boiler systems,” Lumbert says.

“I want people to know that Wichita Burner is continuing to grow and to improve our ability to supply the marketplace. … We’re trying to improve our ability to meet the growing demand.”

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Phil Ruffin likes a good deal — if he’s the one getting it

WICHITA — It’s no wonder Phil Ruffin does business in Las Vegas instead of merely his hometown of Wichita.

Ruffin, who owns Treasure Island, recently added 40,000 square feet of retail space to the casino and hotel. CVS signed the first lease at the new space at $300 a square foot.

“Can you imagine that?” Ruffin says of the price. “Isn’t that crazy?”

Wichita prices are significantly less at more like $15 to $25 a square foot.

Ruffin says a lot of Wichitans are coming to his hotel, but he’s not giving them any special deals.

“Hell no.”

City of Udall sues Poe & Associates

WICHITA — The city of Udall has filed a lawsuit against Wichita’s Poe & Associates.

The suit, which is seeking $650,000 in damages, stems from a 2008 contract for work on the city’s new water tower. It was completed in 2009.

“They were unhappy with some of the results that they got,” says Jeff Carmichael, the Wichita attorney representing the city of Udall.

No one with Poe could be reached for comment, but Carmichael says the firm did design work on the tower and was supposed to oversee its construction.

“We believe, based on opinions we’ve received so far, that the work resulted in significantly increased water pressures … causing line breaks around the city of Udall.”

Carmichael says there are other issues and expenses, including ones related to insulation at the tower and the installation of what city officials believe is an unnecessary valve.

“We believe that there’s a number of things that need to be done,” he said.

He says city officials aren’t blaming anyone who did the work.

“No, this is an engineering issue.”

Carmichael says Udall has not been without water service due to the issues.

“They have enough water.”

He says there are “a variety of issues,” though, that aren’t acceptable.

“It’s been an unfortunate situation.”