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Panda Express to open at Derby Marketplace

WICHITA — Panda Express is going to open a third Wichita-area restaurant, this time in Derby.

The fast casual concept will go in the Derby Marketplace at Meadowlark and Rock Road. Panda will be in 2,350 square feet on the opposite end of the building where Starbucks is.

The California-based chain entered the Wichita market in 2010 with stores on Maize Road in front of Academy Sports & Outdoors and at One Kellogg Place on East Kellogg.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons represents Panda in the Wichita area.

Panda is similar to Chipotle in that diners walk through a line and first select a starch — steamed or fried rice or chow mein — and vegetables followed by two to three entrees.

Entrees consist of traditional Chinese dishes such as kung pao chicken, sweet-and-sour pork and beef and broccoli.

Look for more details on the Derby Panda as they become available.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming to open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb

WICHITA — If you heard rumblings of a Wolfgang bringing some tasty treats to a new pink-and-brown, chandelier-lit bakery and boutique on the east side, it wouldn’t be surprising if you wondered whether international chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck might be bringing one of his concepts here.

Turns out, it’s Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming that will be opening in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

“It’ll definitely be probably the most unique pet store that people in this market have seen,” says Lisa Chamberlain, who is opening the business with her husband, Albert Cipo.

“Most people are like, ‘This is for dogs?’ ”

The two had another Woof Gang franchise in Houston but wanted to move back home to Wichita.

The business is a combination store, bakery and grooming site.

Chamberlain says she plans to have grooming for dogs and cats.

“Hopefully, if I can find a groomer who does cats,” she says. “That’s an if.”

Chamberlain says she tries to do kennel-free grooming in a short amount of time to keep down an animal’s stress level.

“Our grooming is more of a spa-type setting,” she says.

That includes “pawdicures” and blueberry facials with natural products.

“The dogs love it,” Chamberlain says. “It’s like lick, lick, lick.”

Woof Gang also will have an all-natural bakery for special-occasion cakes and treats.

“It is a bakery for pets,” Chamberlain says. “We have all sorts of treats.”

She says Woof Gang also will sell holistic food, including dry and wet food and raw and freeze-dried food.

There also will be chews, bowls, beds, collars and leashes.

“We’re a little more of a boutique feel,” Chamberlain says.

The 2,000-square-foot store will open in October.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Ideally, we’d like to do more than one,” Chamberlain says.

The plan is to open a second Woof Gang on the west side within a year after the first one opens. Then the Kansas City area is a possibility, she says.

“It’s a long-term plan.”

MOXI Junction set to open thanks to Kickstarter campaign

UPDATED — Kickstarter did just what Joanna Kilgore needed it to do. The campaign raised more than $22,000 to help put in a kitchen for MOXI Junction, a new coffeehouse coming to Maize.

“It was awesome,” Kilgore says.

The house at Park and Academy that is now home to MOXI Junction.

The house at Park and Academy that is now home to MOXI Junction.

It worked so well, she says, “Oh, we’re opening Monday.”

In October, Have You Heard? reported that Kilgore and some Maize-area friends, including two other mothers of special-needs children, are opening the business as a place for their kids to work. The coffeehouse also will have a bakery and art gallery.

MOXI, which stands for Mothers of Exceptional Individuals, will be at the northwest corner of Park and Academy in Maize.

Kilgore had said she was close to opening when she learned she wouldn’t have all the money she needed from the farm bank she was working with.

She credits Facebook and an e-mail campaign for helping reach the Kickstarter goal. She says her “uber goal” was to raise $60,000, but the $22,000 and some change was enough to get going.

Kilgore says she already had her kitchen on order.

“I had to do this little bridge thing using my retirement account,” she says. “It wasn’t pretty. That’s not what you want to do.”

The kitchen is now in thanks to what Kilgore calls a determined group of people “working sunup to sundown.”

Initially, MOXI will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. After school starts, it will be 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Eventually, Kilgore hopes to add Saturday service.

 

Ribbit Computers owner to start chain of fast casual Mediterranean restaurants

WICHITA — Alex Harb has good news and bad news, depending on your perspective.

Last fall, the Ribbit Computers owner and new Golden Corral franchisee told Have You Heard? he was considering bringing Jack in the Box to Wichita.

He’s decided not to do that, but Harb instead is going to open a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant in September.

Meddys will open in the former Jimmy’s Egg space at Harry and Rock.

“I believe that there’s a need for a fast casual Mediterranean food,” Harb says. “It’s not fast food.”

Meddys, which is kind of a nickname for the Mediterranean, will serve chicken and beef shawarma, kabobs, salad, hummus and falafel. Harb says meat will be off a spit.

“There’s nothing like it in town,” he says. “It’s extra work.”

Harb says he’s purposely keeping the menu simple.

“We’re not trying to be everything for everyone.”

Harb, who entered the restaurant business with a Raymore, Mo., Golden Corral earlier this year, says he plans to do four Meddys in the Wichita area over the next five years.

“Everybody is leaning towards the healthier food,” he says.

That’s part of the reason Harb says he decided to do Meddys instead of Jack in the Box.

“There’s plenty of places that are serving just hamburgers and tacos and everything that Jack in the Box serves.”

Harb says he likes the traffic around Harry and Rock.

“It’s pretty good exposure,” he says. “I think this location will do very well.”

BlueChip Spine & Sports Specialists to open third clinic at Next Level Hoops Academy

WICHITA — BlueChip Spine & Sports Specialists owner C. Tyrel Hummel has added a couple of chiropractors to his practice and is about to add a third office as well.

“We’re opening in the fall,” Hummel says of a clinic he’ll have at the new Next Level Hoops Academy in Bel Aire at the Sunflower Commerce Park.

“The biggest thing is just … working with the athletes, being in that environment,” Hummel says. “Being in that gym setting. That’s where we came from.”

For five years, Hummel’s practice was at Pure-Formance Sports & Fitness Training Center when it was in Andover.

Then, in early 2012, BlueChip moved to the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock, and a second site quickly followed at 940 N. Tyler.

Hummel says he spends a lot of time teaching his chiropractic method at universities and to professional teams, so he has hired two chiropractors to help him at his clinics.

Chiropractor Bret Kelley likely will be at the new Hoops clinic most of the time. Hummel also has hired chiropractor Devan Lysen.

“They bring a little bit more to the table,” Hummel says.

He says that’s because Lysen and Kelley are in their mid-20s, while he’s the ripe old age of 36.

“It’s kind of good to have some youth around.”

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita to open in former Sportsman’s Warehouse

UPDATED — More than four years after Sportsman’s Warehouse closed its east Wichita store, a new business is opening there.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita will open at the site in One Kellogg Place, which is just east of Kellogg and Greenwich, this fall.

“It took me two years to get this building bought,” says Jay Storey, president of Wichita Furniture.

In addition to being an Ashley Furniture licensee, Wichita Furniture is the parent company of Furniture on Consignment.

Storey says the 55,000-square-foot building at One Kellogg Place had gone through a couple of different holding companies that purchased it with a bundle of other buildings.

“Their business was to lease properties, and we wanted to own property,” Storey says. “We’re here to stay.”

Storey opened his first Ashley Furniture store near 21st and Maize Road in 2002.

“There was a need out there that we filled,” he says.

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East side to get another Sola Salon

WICHITA — Wichita’s third Sola Salon is going to open in early August in Preston Village, which is on Central just east of Greenwich.

“We think that’s a great opportunity for a location over there,” says co-owner Scott Vanderhoofven. “We pretty much stay full on our east-side location.”

The other east-side Sola is in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock Road. There’s also one on the west side near 21st and Tyler.

The first east-side Sola has room for 28 booth rentals. The new one, which will be in 4,000 square feet, will have room for 18 booths, including single and double spaces.

Vanderhoofven says he may be looking to expand again, but it wouldn’t likely be with a second west-side Sola.

“We would probably look more in the downtown area.”

He says anyone in the cosmetology field, including hair stylists, aestheticians, nail techs, massage therapists and spray tanning businesses, can rent space.

Vanderhoofven says it makes it convenient for customers to get several services done at once, and it’s an opportunity for individuals to be in business with a little help.

“They’re in business for themselves but not by themselves, which is kind of cool.”

Oliver’s Little Italy to reopen as Rocco’s Little Italy in Wellington

WICHITA — In April, Oliver’s Little Italy owner Scott Cosentino said he was closing his south-side restaurant and that he may reopen in another market.

Now, he’s doing it.

Rocco’s Little Italy, which Cosentino named after his father’s middle name, will open in Wellington in about a month.

“I’m going to have the same menu,” Cosentino says of the Italian food he’ll serve.

Cosentino says though his food was very well received in Wichita, nothing much else seemed to work about his restaurant at 1930 S. Oliver.

He says he chose to open in Wellington because he has a couple of backers from the area.

Rocco’s, which Cosentino says will be “right downtown Wellington” at 107 W. Harvey in the former Linda’s Lunch Box space, will be open for lunch and dinner every day but Tuesday most likely. On Sundays, dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cosentino hopes to open with at least a beer license.

He says he thinks he’ll see some of his former Wichita customers at Rocco’s.

“Some of them said they’ll come down there.”

Sam Kuns to move his Air Capital Catering to Market Centre and open Caesars

WICHITA — The mezzanine at the Market Centre at First and Market is once again going to be home to a restaurant.

Air Capital Catering owner Sam Kuns is moving his business there and opening Caesars, a lunch spot.

“What I’m trying to do is preserve my catering business,” Kuns says.

He says he needs a certain volume for the business to be profitable, and he thinks using the space for events after lunch and in the evenings will give him what he needs.

Kuns isn’t going to run the restaurant or catering business on a day-to-day basis, though.

Robert “Big Dog” Bradford and Danny Ayala will run the business.

Kuns calls Bradford “a barbecue king” and “a unique character” and says Ayala has a 40-year background in the meat business.

While Bradford and Ayala run the restaurant and catering company, Kuns says he’ll focus on his Chicken Shack in Bronson.

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MOXI Junction uses Kickstarter for final financial push before opening in Maize

WICHITA — The new Maize coffeehouse MOXI Junction has a building now, but its kitchen is empty, so Joanna Kilgore has begun a Kickstarter campaign to finance it.

“We were doing really well, and then my funding collapsed,” she says. “I had a verbal, ‘Yes,’ that turned into a, ‘No.’”

In October, Have You Heard? reported that Kilgore and some Maize-area friends, including two other mothers of special-needs children, are opening the business as a place for their kids to work. The coffeehouse also will have a bakery and art gallery.

MOXI, which stands for Mothers of Exceptional Individuals, will be at the northwest corner of Park and Central in Maize.

“I’m paying for 99 percent myself,” Kilgore says.

She says a farm bank has been helping her.

“They would much rather give to farms than speciality coffee. It makes more sense to them.”

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