Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

You don’t say

“There is a ‘Rock Star Suite’ at my hotel in Wichita. Needless to say, I will be staying in the ‘Small Indie Label Closet.’ #Wichita”

– Comedian Mike Birbiglia tweeting about his upcoming stay at the Ambassador Hotel for his May 16 performance at the Orpheum

Whole Foods Market will be called that instead of Bread & Circus

UPDATED — As expected, Wichita will not have to live with the Bread & Circus name that drew so many complaints.

Its new Whole Foods Market at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road will be called by that name, which is what most people called it anyway.

As GreenAcres Market owner Barb Hoffmann hinted last month, she negotiated with the organic food chain over the name.

GreenAcres Market owners John and Barb Hoffmann are changing the names of their three Whole Foods Association stores to GreenAcres Market and letting Whole Foods Market at the Waterfront have that name.

GreenAcres Market owners John and Barb Hoffmann are changing the names of their three Whole Foods Association stores to GreenAcres Market and letting Whole Foods Market at the Waterfront have that name.

In January, Hoffmann purchased the Wichita Whole Foods Association stores, which have no affiliation with the larger chain.

“We have great respect for what Rene Shelton and her family have built under the Whole Foods Association name, and we don’t take that lightly,” Hoffmann said in a release. “This was a very hard decision, but we feel, moving forward, it is best for our customers to have a united offering and a unified GreenAcres brand. We are glad we reached an amicable agreement with Whole Foods Market and both parties are excited to turn more and more Wichita shoppers on to natural and organic foods and the quality products both our companies stand for.”

Hoffmann says she and Whole Foods Market each agreed not to say anything beyond what was in both of their news releases.

Three Whole Foods Association stores will change their names to GreenAcres by late summer. That includes stores in Normandie at Central and Woodlawn, in the Clear Lakes shopping center near 21st and Amidon and near 21st and Maize Road. Hoffmann already was in the process of changing two Health Food Center stores in Oklahoma to the GreenAcres name.

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Golden House Chinese restaurant downtown to close; Sonic to open

WICHITA — Golden House may be an especially small downtown restaurant unknown to many around the city, but it has its devotees, and they are dejected.

The restaurant is closing after 16 years at 504 S. Broadway, which is a few blocks south of Douglas.

“I’m totally devastated,” says Tim Harjo, who eats there several times a week.

Owners Hai Nguyen and Ha Luong, who came from Vietnam 23 years ago, are retiring to Atlanta to be with their three children and seven grandchildren.

Nguyen has been telling longtime customers the news as she serves them.

“Where am I going to eat now?” or some variation of that has been the popular question.

One answer could be Sonic. That’s what’s going to open on the property.

A new 1,800-square-foot building will replace the Golden House space. The drive-in restaurant should be open by the end of the year.

Nguyen isn’t sure when she’ll close. It could be this week or next week.

She is sure of one thing, though.

“I’ll be so sad. I’ll miss all my customers over here,” Nguyen says. “Thank you, everyone.”