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Doo-Dah Diner to more than double in size for new retail, kitchen and office areas

Doo-Dah Diner owner Timirie Shibley visits customers during a recent lunch.

Doo-Dah Diner owner Timirie Shibley visits customers during a recent lunch.

WICHITA — Almost since it opened in September 2012, Doo-Dah Diner has been Wichita’s “it” restaurant.

Doubt that?

On Sunday, all 92 seats in the restaurant’s small space at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Market were filled within 12 minutes of its 8 a.m. opening.

Now, the business is going to more than double in size, but it’s not for more seats.

Owners Timirie and Patrick Shibley are adding 3,000 square feet to their existing 2,000 square feet for more retail, a second kitchen and office space.

“Right now the drink station and I share an office,” Timirie Shibley says.

Patrick Shibley is Doo-Dah’s chef.

“It’s just going to give Patrick more creative freedom,” Timirie Shibley says of the additional space.

The restaurant will continue to be open 7 a.m.to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. With the expansion, which should be complete late this summer, the new retail side will be open until 6 p.m. for customers to buy to-go meals.

“Everybody has begged us to be open for dinner,” Timirie Shibley says. “That’s our version of being open for dinner.”

She says it will allow her husband to expand his bread baking as well.

“Our kitchen is just so maxed out back there,” Timirie Shibley says of the current space.

The new retail area will have bottles of Doo-Dah’s pancake syrup, green chili sauce and caramel sauce along with its biscuit and pancake mixes.

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You don’t say

“You would have to work pretty hard to convince me of that.”

– Rep. Mike Pompeo, who visited a Maize Elementary School third grade class Thursday and asked for ideas for new laws, which prompted one student to say, “No ice cream!”

Urbandale, Iowa, names trail for Bob Layton

WICHITA — Before he left his position as city manager of Urbandale, Iowa, to take that role in Wichita, Bob Layton learned the city planned to honor him by naming a trail after him.

The irony, not to mention “the funny part of the story,” he says, is that he cut that project out of a capital improvement program right before he left.

So instead, he says, city officials said “that they’re going to name this trail some day in the future after me.”

Saturday is that day.

Layton, an avid runner, will attend the dedication of the one-mile trail through a park.

“We felt it was appropriate to name the trail after him because it represents one of his passions and because he himself helped to develop the master plan for this park,” Urbandale Parks and Recreation Director Jan Herke told the Des Moines Register.

These days, one of Layton’s favorite running areas is through College Hill, where he often runs with friends.

So is that where he might like something named for him one day? Has he given it any thought?

“Probably some on-street bike trail or something, I don’t know,” Layton says.

He does know, though, that he’d prefer for it not to be anytime soon.

Why not?

“To have something named after you in Wichita, you would need to be deceased.”