Category Archives: Bars

Quincy’s Bar & Grill owner to open second restaurant and bar in Moundridge

WICHITA — Kyle Estep wasn’t looking to open a bar and restaurant in his wife Nancy’s hometown of Moundridge, but that’s what he’s now doing.

“We’re just opening Quincy’s No. 2 out there,” says Estep, whose first Quincy’s Bar & Grill is near 21st and West streets.

Estep is opening in the 6,000-square-foot brick building that formerly was home to Block 32 Eatery & Pub in Moundridge.

He says the building was built in 2007 as something of a gift to the community.

“A couple of individuals felt that it was time to get a full-service restaurant in town,” Estep says.

“They spared no expense on stuff. It’s a beautiful facility.”

There’s a main level, a second floor meeting space that can hold 60 and “a bunkerlike basement.”

“They just shut it down about a year ago,” Estep says. “It’s been kind of mothballed is the best way to describe it.”

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Raven’s Room to open at Pour Haus space

UPDATED — A new restaurant and bar is opening in the former Pour Haus Restaurant and Tavern space at the southeast corner of Maple and Seneca in early May.

Jeravicious Raven is opening Raven’s Room as “a restaurant and rock bar.”

Raven says he’ll have live music Thursdays through Saturdays and occasionally other days as well.

The business will be open every day but Sunday for lunch and dinner, which will mostly be burgers, sandwiches and steaks.

He previously owned Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar at 3008 W. Central.

“It didn’t go very well,” Raven says.

“I really didn’t have enough money to do it,” he says. “There were so many things I didn’t know.”

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Loft 150 likely will transform into new venue

WICHITA — Loft 150 above River City Brewing Co. in Old Town is a teenager now, and that means it’s time for a change.

“We’ve got to reinvest in our business if we’re going to keep people coming in here,” says operating partner Chris Arnold.

The 21-year-old River City Brewing created Loft 150 during a remodeling in 2001 to give it “a little more bar feel … to get that late night crowd to come in here,” Arnold says.

He says there was more of a dimly lit lounge feel with leather couches than the rustic look of River City.

“It worked great for a lot of years,” Arnold says. “That trend is just kind of over.”

While downstairs business “is really, really great right now,” he says upstairs “got stagnant, just slowed down a little bit.”

He has bids out to remodel the upstairs and create a feel more similar to the downstairs with hardwood floors, exposed beams, a lighter look and new garage doors onto its balcony.

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Ernie Biggs may reopen this weekend

WICHITA — Ernie Biggs, the dueling piano bar near Central and Rock Road, is temporarily closed.

“We closed this past weekend and the previous weekend,” says Jay Hickman, an Arkansas-based partner in the business.

Hickman and Daniel Bryant along with two silent partners have bought out their Wichtia-based partners, including Whitney VinZant.

That meant a change in names on the liquor license, which means the business is temporarily without one.

“We decided to not risk it and closed it up,” Hickman says. “It’s tough. … It’s just out of our control right now.”

VinZant previously had the Gaslamp Grille & Lounge in that space.

He “got us in that spot, which has turned out to be an incredible spot,” Hickman says. “Business is excellent in Wichita.”

He says it was the goal from the beginning to eventually buy out the Wichita group.

Hickman says he hopes to reopen the business this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to getting back open, I can tell you that much.”

You don’t say

shocker“I think when it comes right down to it, everybody’s got a pretty good sense of humor.”

PumpHouse owner Jim Ross, who has had only a few complaints about the Old Town bar’s new mural of a Shocker beast (a cross between the Hulk and a wheat shocker) squeezing the necks of a tiny Jayhawk and Wildcat

Finns Lounge and Revolution Rock Bar have new owners

WICHITA — Finns Lounge and Revolution Rock Bar are reopening, but Greg Finley won’t own or run either place.

Finley owned Finns Lounge, an Old Town staple, for more than a decade and recently ran Revolution for Melad Stephan. Then Finley ran into liquor license issues.

Now, Amy Stepien, who used to work at Finn’s, and her husband, Jason, are working on reopening the bar at 131 N. Rock Island.

“It is still going to be Finns Lounge because Finn’s has been known in Old Town,” Amy Stepien says.

After some freshening inside the bar, she says, “It’s pretty much going to be the same.”

Stepien adds, “I just want it to be known that I don’t have any affiliation with Greg.”

Nor is she a part of the new ownership group at Revolution, which is at 233 S. Mosley.

Nick Dean is opening the business with brothers Kurt and Kyle Okumura.

“We all used to work together at Finns Lounge,” Dean says.

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Jon’s Ale House to close

WICHITA — A year after opening, Jon’s Ale House is closing.

Anthony Lynch opened the bar downtown in the former Kelly’s Irish Pub space at 917 E. Douglas, which is next to the Beacon restaurant. He named it for his late friend Jon Pine.

Lynch won’t discuss why the bar is closing other than to say it didn’t work.

When the bar closes at midnight tonight, it will be closed for good.

Jerseys Grill and Bar still working on liquor license, remodeling

WICHITA — Jerseys Grill and Bar near K-96 and Webb Road is still closed following a lapsed liquor license, and the owners aren’t discussing the situation.

It looks like they’re trying to reopen, though.

According to the state, there’s a pending liquor license application.

General manager Tim Hadsell previously said he accidentally let the license lapse. He didn’t return numerous calls to explain where things stand now.

Building co-owner Warren Daniel says it’s his understanding that the Jerseys owners had to update the names on their LLC membership before being able to acquire a license. He says it looks like that is either done or close to being finalized, but there’s still remodeling that needs to be completed before the business can reopen.

Look for an update soon.

Cleats Sports Bar & Grill to open in former Shenanigans space

WICHITA — Evan Spicer and business partner Shaun Colliatie now have a name and an opening date for their new business going in the former Shenanigans space at Ninth and West streets.

Cleats Sports Bar & Grill will have a soft opening on Jan. 24.

“It’s what we’re shooting for at least,” Colliatie says.

The two are trying to create a sports bar atmosphere with seven TVs, two projectors, a couple of pool tables, dart boards and arcade games. They also want to be known for tasty, reasonably priced food, Colliatie says.

The business will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Colliatie says one of Cleats’ signature dishes will be gourmet, stuffed burgers. He says all of the meat the grill serves will be top grade. Fries will be cut fresh, he says.

Spicer formerly owned the Chalet, which he previously told Have You Heard? he never wanted to close “till the city shut me down” last year. He says there were zoning issues at the business even though he operated there for 13 years.

Spicer will manage Cleats, and Colliatie says he’ll be “doing a little of everything.”

Twin Peaks nears west-side deal

WICHITA — One of the most popular restaurant questions for well more than a year has been, “Where’s the west-side Twin Peaks going?”

There has been lots of talk that a deal is done, but that’s been inaccurate. There’s still not a deal, but one is close.

Representatives from Twin Peaks corporate planned to be in Wichita today to give final approval on a site that franchisee Rusty Rathbun has selected.

“I’m wanting to get this thing done,” Rathbun says.

He says he regularly fields questions about it, as does corporate.

“We’ve had people e-mail into corporate,” he says. “They want to be partners in it. They want to know where it’s going. It’s quite interesting to say the least.”

Wichita’s first Twin Peaks opened in 2011 in the former Timberline Steakhouse & Grill space at 8310 E. 21st St.

Rathbun was already thinking about possible west-side space then. Even his friends relentlessly question him about it, he says.

“They’re killing me,” Rathbun says. “We’re so close.”