Daily Archives: May 19, 2014

You don’t say

“I can ask for no more, although I wish I had a girlfriend.”

Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School salutatorian Joseph Duong in remarks at the school’s graduation on Sunday

You don’t say

“I would hate to run into them in a dark alley.”

Dan Glickman, speaking at Rotary Monday about the tenacity of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Hopping Gnome brewery to open on East Douglas near the Donut Whole

WICHITA — Lots of people dream of turning a hobby into a business, but Torrey Lattin – with his wife’s blessing – is doing it.

“My wife and I are starting a small craft beer brewing company here in Wichita,” Lattin says.

“It has been a hobby of mine that turned into an obsession, and now I’m hoping I can make some money at it and share my excitement for craft beer with Wichita.”

Lattin hopes to open the Hopping Gnome at 1710 E. Douglas, which is a few doors west of the Donut Whole, by November.

“In folklore, gnomes are known for their drinking,” he says.

“Hopping” is for the hops he’ll use in brewing.

Lattin is a 3D drafter and designer for MKEC Engineering. His wife, Stacy Ward Lattin, works for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. She won’t be part of the day-to-day business, but Lattin says his wife encouraged him to open it.

“She said, ‘Let’s do it,’” he says. “She’s been very supportive.”

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Rage to convert to Boots & Buckles

WICHITA — He’s gone country, back to his roots.

Well, Pat Alvarez isn’t actually living out an Alan Jackson song, but he is converting his Old Town club Rage into a country bar.

“I decided to completely change the format,” says Alvarez, who also owns the Port of Wichita. “There’s no country in Old Town.”

Boots & Buckles will open May 30. Alvarez is calling it “Wichita’s premier saloon.”

“It’s not that Rage wasn’t working,” he says. “It’s just that we’re all doing the same music.”

Rage, which opened early this year, is closed as Alvarez gets ready for the conversion.

“We’re going to kind of country-nize it, I guess,” he says. “Beat it up a little bit.”

Alvarez says the space, which is at the former Club Liquid site at 235 N. Mosley, won’t change dramatically. The music will, though.

“The format is definitely going to be 100 percent country.”

Boba Zone to open on west side

WICHITA — Boba Zone, which opened near 21st and North Rock Road in 2008, is opening a new site on the west side.

The business, which bills itself as a smoothie and juice bar, Internet cafe and coffee shop, will open by Jose Pepper’s at 21st and Tyler Road.

Look for a June 12 grand opening date.