Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

Ernie Biggs may reopen this weekend

WICHITA — Ernie Biggs, the dueling piano bar near Central and Rock Road, is temporarily closed.

“We closed this past weekend and the previous weekend,” says Jay Hickman, an Arkansas-based partner in the business.

Hickman and Daniel Bryant along with two silent partners have bought out their Wichtia-based partners, including Whitney VinZant.

That meant a change in names on the liquor license, which means the business is temporarily without one.

“We decided to not risk it and closed it up,” Hickman says. “It’s tough. … It’s just out of our control right now.”

VinZant previously had the Gaslamp Grille & Lounge in that space.

He “got us in that spot, which has turned out to be an incredible spot,” Hickman says. “Business is excellent in Wichita.”

He says it was the goal from the beginning to eventually buy out the Wichita group.

Hickman says he hopes to reopen the business this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to getting back open, I can tell you that much.”

You don’t say

“In an unrelated note, Gary Parrish today announced his candidacy for mayor of the city of Wichita.”

– Attorney Lyndon Vix’s Facebook post about the CBSSports.com commentator having WSU beat Creighton in the Final Four and then KU for the championship

RElove All Things Shabby to move, though not far, and expand

UPDATED — There’s already a lot of love at Central and Woodlawn, and there’s about to be even more.

“It has been fantastic,” Rhonda Gribble says of business at RElove All Things Shabby, which she and Stacy McCarty opened in November.

The store is in 1,800 square feet behind Williams Ace Hardware on Central just west of Woodlawn and sells repurposed furniture.

On April 1, it’s moving into the former Roo Grayson space — that store moved next to Ace — at 515 N. Woodlawn next to Great Harvest Bread. That’s 5,600 square feet, which will allow them to have room for nine other vendors.

“It has to be all handmade, repurposed stuff to have booth space with us,” Gribble says. “We specialize in repurposing, refurnishing, reloving, recycling (and) upcycling … gently used furniture.”

Invio Fine Furniture Consignment is on the other side of Great Harvest.

“I don’t want to compete with her,” Gribble says.

To differentiate her furniture, Gribble says she and her vendors will use plaster paint only.

RElove also will have consignment furniture, smaller items such as jewelry and candles and will continue to offer a variety of classes.

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