Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

Sasnak Management closes 17 Carlos O’Kelly’s restaurants — none in Wichita — in repositioning move

UPDATED — No Wichita Carlos O’Kelly’s are affected, but Wichita-based Sasnak Management has closed 17 of its Mexican restaurants in order to reposition the company.

“It’s been gut wrenching,” says president Jon Rolph.

However, he says, “We have 22 strong locations moving forward.”

Rolph says some of the company’s restaurants across nine states were too big, some weren’t in the right places, and all weren’t performing as well as the ones the company is keeping.

“That’s where these decisions were born out of,” Rolph says. “We just decided to face the pain all at once rather than just drip, drip, drip.”

Rolph says he’s looking a decade out in his planning.

“We said, you know … let’s make the hard decisions and set this company up so we can pour our money into where we’re growing. I know it’s strange to hear that when you’re closing stores it’s part of your growth strategy … but that’s true in this scenario.”

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You don’t say

“So I had to find him and high-five him.”

Papa John’s franchisee Terry Newman, who saw the Shockers win on Saturday and then was deluged with texts that Tekele Cotton was walking around the arena with a Papa John’s pizza

Shelia Jean’s to open in College Hill

WICHITA — Shelia Ford became a nurse to help her family, and now she’s leaving the profession – at least for now – to also help her family.

Ford worked as a nurse for two years, but now her husband Jason Ford’s business, Advanced Lock & Key, is doing well enough that he’s encouraging her to pursue her dream of owning her own store.

“He’s always been encouraging,” Ford says. “I always wanted to have my own boutique.”

Thursday, she opens Shelia Jean’s on East Douglas a couple of doors to the west of Harry’s Uptown.

Sheila Jean is Ford’s full name.

“That’s what my grandmother used to call me,” she says.

The store will sell women’s accessories and apparel in all sizes and price points.

“That was kind of the goal of the store … just to have a little bit of everything,” Ford says. “’We would like to expand and have a gift line maybe next year.”

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Rolling Green Fattys Tours takes customers on literal and figurative Colorado trips

WICHITA — The middle man in a drug deal typically is someone who takes one person’s product and sells it to someone else who wants to use it.

In the case of RGF Tours – or Rolling Green Fattys Tours – Ken Jeter has started a business to transport customers where they can legally buy marijuana.

“We’re kind of like the middle person,” Jeter says. “Basically, right now we’ve decided to set it up to run people back and forth to Colorado.”

He seems to tend to avoid the m-word.

Instead, Jeter says things such as, “They’ve got the newly legal recreational stuff there in Colorado.”

Jeter, who works for himself in construction, says he got the idea for the tours from his friends.

“I’ve got a lot of friends that dabble in the smoking.”

As he was planning his business, Jeter says he then heard about a similar one in Salina.

Jeter charges couples $400 for a round-trip tour to Colorado. It costs individuals $210.

“They can go down there, and they can check it out. If they want to smoke … that’s on them.”

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