Daily Archives: Oct. 17, 2013

You don’t say

“I wasn’t trying to infer that people who are on WIC eat dog food or should eat dog food.”

– County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn explaining his comment during a commission discussion of WIC Wednesday that “if you’re a dog food producer and the … dogs don’t like your product, eventually it gets to their owners and the sales go down.”

Big B’s Beef to move, double its size with new Delano space

WICHITA — Less than a year after opening, Liz and Brian Bathgate are moving and doubling the size of their Big B’s Beef restaurant.

“We wanted a more convenient, centralized location,” Liz Bathgate says.

The restaurant had been at 4628 S. Seneca.

“We were pretty far south,” Bathgate says.

The new restaurant will be at 605 W. Douglas next to Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works in Delano.

“We’ve always loved the Delano area,” Bathgate says. “It’s such a pretty area. It reminds us a lot of growing up in the Chicago suburbs.”

The Bathgates move to Wichita from Chicago about five years ago.

Big B’s sells Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef and gyros. Those items will remain on the menu at the new place and be accompanied by more soups and salads.

The new restaurant will be 1,600 square feet, which will double the space the Bathgates have now.

Big B’s is closed until the new space is ready in mid November.

When it reopens, Bathgate says the restaurant will offer free delivery downtown, which is something it was too far away to do previously.

Still, she says business was great where it was.

“We’re still surprised at how busy it’s been,” Bathgate says. “We didn’t expect to be so busy.”

‘Til We Meet Again owners gamble on new Louisiana store

WICHITA — ’Til We Meet Again business partners Nathan Smith and Traci Smith-Cone should consider buying some lottery tickets. They’ve already won one big gamble this week.

Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision to let an appellate ruling stand, casket dealers are now going to be able to sell in Louisiana, which previously allowed only licensed funeral home directors to make the sales.

Smith and Smith-Cone gambled that this might be the case and have a store ready to go in the Esplanade mall in Kenner, La., which is a suburb of New Orleans.

“We were going to take our chances because we wanted to be the first ones in this market,” Smith says.

“It was worth the calculated risk,” he says. “We do believe this market … is going to be one of our top markets.”

There are a few reasons for that, Smith says.

“We’re not just the first store of its kind, but we’re going into a state that has never had even a casket store,” he says.

“Once an industry corners a market, as we all know, they control the pricing, they control the distribution, they control everything. Caskets in Louisiana, in some parts, (are) double what they are anywhere else in the United States.”

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