Daily Archives: Sept. 24, 2013

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“There’s a lot of people who are going to be disappointed … but I can’t groom them all.”

Kelly Gilbert, who is closing his west-side Awhh’s 4 Paws and downsizing his Kritter Kutters School of All Breed Dog Grooming to a small, yet-to-be-named location

La Hacienda to open in Derby

WICHITA — There’s finally a new restaurant close to opening in the former China Buffet space at 1138 Nelson Drive in Derby.

Jose Ayala is opening La Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant that his family started in South Carolina.

“We want to try something different here,” Ayala says.

He’ll offer traditional Mexican food and a full bar starting sometime in October.

Jetman to sell his Jet Bar-B-Q after 32 years

UPDATED — John JetmanThien wants to sell his Jet Bar-B-Q after 32 years in business.

Thien turns 65 next year and has a project in mind.

“I want to write the history of barbecue in (Wichita).”

In fact, he already has the opening line for the book.

“In the beginning there was Adam. That’s right, Adam’s Rib.”

Thien wants to tell the story of Adam’s and Rudy’s and R&S Barbecue, among others. Of course, Jet Bar-B-Q is a big part of that story. Thien likes to say he was the first white person to sell barbecue in Wichita.

The restaurant has been in the 1928 old firehouse No. 8 building at 1100 E. Third St. for 16 years. Thien leases the 4,500-square-foot space, which has a drive-through down the middle of the firehouse.

These days, Thien operates the business for lunch only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. He calls that making his candy and cigarette money.

He also caters and is known for the 1959 fire truck, which he calls a trolley, that he takes to events (available for parties, weddings and “corporate kumbaya”) and gives tours in around the city.

Thien hopes someone can take the business to the next level, which he thinks would be using the building for event space.

“The fire station would make an excellent banquet facility,” he says.

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