WICHITA — Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt is going to open a second restaurant, but it’s not where he initially thought it would be.
“I’m still waiting on my favorite space on the east side to become available,” Schmidt says of Central and Vassar in College Hill.
While he’s waiting, Schmidt is going to open a Picasso’s in Bristol Square at Madison and Rock Road in Derby.
“Derby is just crazy right now with all the restaurants on Rock Road,” he says.
Bristol Square is where the state this fall is opening a new driver’s license bureau, which will be a couple of doors down from where Picasso’s will open in February.
The restaurant will be similar to Schmidt’s first Picasso’s, which opened in Delano last year.
The new Picasso’s will be in 2,000 square feet, which compares to 1,800 square feet in Delano. Schmidt hopes to have a few tables outdoors in front of the restaurant along with an indoor-outdoor patio in another area.
He says he won’t change much about the restaurant’s set up except he’ll put the drink dispenser in a different spot to ease congestion.
One of Schmidt’s current managers lives in Derby, and he has another manager who will continue to run the Delano Picasso’s while he goes between the restaurants.
“I’ve got really good people working for me, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do this,” Schmidt says.
As he’s starting to tell a few Derby residents that he plans to open there, Schmidt says he’s receiving a great reaction.
“That makes me excited.”