Daily Archives: April 1, 2014

You don’t say

“Well, I’m going to be around another 40 just to keep paying off debts.”

– J.R. Koontz joking about marking the 40th anniversary of his namesake floral shop

Applebee’s to open in front of Warren Theatre on April 15

WICHITA — Jim Stevens is about to move his east-side Applebee’s into a new neighborhood, and he’s feeling a little nostalgic.

In November, Stevens told Have You Heard? his plans to open a new Applebee’s – one of 25 he owns – in front of the Warren Theatre at the Plazzio development at 13th and Greenwich.

That will open April 15. That means the Applebee’s near 21st and North Rock Road is closing at midnight Friday.

“This is my second Applebee’s I opened,” Stevens says of the North Rock Road restaurant.

“It was very memorable.”

Stevens says it was 1990.

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Siena Tuscan Steakhouse loses chef

UPDATED — Another person in what’s been a string of Ambassador Hotel employees coming and going – from the general manager on down – is gone.

This time, it’s executive chef Marshall Roth, who moved to Wichita to open the downtown hotel’s Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.

“We kind of just parted ways,” Roth says. “I need to do what’s right for myself, and they need to do what’s right for the hotel.”

Hotel owner Paul Coury says he’s a huge Roth fan.

“He’s a great guy,” Coury says.

Roth says he came to Wichita to be his mother’s caretaker. He says he recently was looking to hire more nurses for his mother. Now, he says, he won’t have to.

“I’m going to be taking care of my mom.”

Coury says Roth’s schedule of caring for his mother sometimes conflicted with his schedule at the restaurant.

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New west-side spa Fresh to offer medical-grade treatments

WICHITA — Jacqueline Benefiel says she’s built medical spas for physicians in the past, and now she’s going to build one for herself.

“I have always wanted to have my own facility,” Benefiel says. “Everything is going to be a little more personal.”

She’s opening Fresh near the QuikTrip at the northeast corner of 21st and Ridge.

“We’re going to be doing medical-grade type treatments for the skin,” Benefiel says, “… and then also kind of having a pampering side to it.”

She will offer massage, body treatments and nail care and also have a retail area to sell the products she uses.

“We have really unique pedicure chairs and things like that to make it a little more comfortable and relaxing.”

Benefiel says when she’s worked at other spas, some were more medical and austere and others were more spalike.

“I’ve always had the extreme to one side or the other,” she says.

Fresh “is just a really great mix of both. I think it’s what people are really looking for.”

Benefiel hopes to be open late April or early May – as long as she’s in business in time for Mother’s Day.

She had considered east-side space, but in hindsight Benefiel says she’s glad it didn’t work out.

“It turns out it makes more sense to be on the west side,” she says.

“There’s a lot of medical spas … on the east side.”

Benefiel says in addition to having fewer spas, the west side is where a lot of her clients already are.

“Although they were willing to travel,” she says, when they heard she’s going west, “they were just thrilled.”