Done deal: Jimmy’s Egg to open by Tanya’s Soup Kitchen

WICHITA — He’s still working on some city permitting, but otherwise Wink Hartman Sr. has a done deal for a new Jimmy’s Egg to open in the same building as Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

“We’ve already demolished the space,” Hartman says. “We think we’ll for sure be open in September.”

In early May, Have You Heard? reported that Hartman wanted to put his fifth Wichita Jimmy’s Egg in Phil Ruffin’s Sunburst Plaza at 1725 at the southeast corner of Douglas and Hydraulic.

Hartman previously said he thinks there’s room for another breakfast and lunch place in the area, where the Donut Whole is also across the street.

“After that, we are looking at the possibility of downtown Topeka and possibly Emporia,” Hartman says. “We’re going to take a hard look at downtown Topeka.”

He says a breakfast-and-lunch concept makes sense for the state’s capital, where there may be more workers in the area in the morning and around lunch than later in the day.

Hartman may not be done with the Wichita area either.

“We think there might be an opportunity in the vicinity of 47th South and Broadway,” he says.

Hartman says he’s often asked about possible Jimmy’s sites in Andover and Derby.

“History tells me people who live in the suburbs … they drive to the core,” he says of working in Wichita. “Will they use facilities in their hometowns other than maybe on weekends? I just don’t know.”

Hartman says he won’t know if a Jimmy’s would work in either place until he does some research.

“I’m not smart enough to know if that’s a good or bad idea.”