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“Yay! Blackened T-Shirts!”

– Wichitan Mike Rishell’s (@mikerishell) tweet after he heard Tad’s Locker Room is going in the Red Bean’s Bayou Grill space

Tad’s Locker Room to open in former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill space

WICHITA — From restaurant to locker room.

The former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill near 21st and Ridge is going to be the new home of a west-side Tad’s Locker Room.

The original Tad’s is in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb on the east side.

tadtwo“It just fell in place,” owner Tad Snarenberger says of the deal.

He almost had a different west-side deal and had preordered merchandise when it fell through.

“God has really helped us do this because we didn’t have a place to go,” Snarenberger says.

The 5,400-square-foot space is just over what the east-side store has.

“It’s just like a large ranch,” Snarenberger says of the long space.

Snarenberger’s store, which sells sports apparel and memorabilia, used to be called Sports Time Fan Shop until he and a partner split in 2012.

There’s still a Sports Time Fan Shop in NewMarket Square up the road from where Tad’s will open.

Snarenberger says he feels like Tad’s has a strong enough market presence now to open a second shop.

Intrust Bank has my back on this,” he says.

Snarenberger thinks his store works because of his strong staff and because he’s in the shop daily, which he’ll continue to be at both stores.

“Yeah, he’s a local guy,” he says customers say. “He’s doing the local thing.”

The new store likely will open in early October.

“It is a huge leap,” Snarenberger says. “It’s exciting.”

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“It’ll be finally nice to have money at least coming two directions instead of just going one direction.”

Mike Dandurand on getting the new Dandurand Drugstore open at 21st and Ridge

Wich-a-what? Emery Goad has seen more Wichita misspellings than most

WICHITA — Private investigator Emery Goad has been collecting ridiculous spellings of “Wichita” that he’s received via fax, e-mail and mail for the last quarter century or so.

“It’s hilarious,” he says. “I think they happen from a lawyer’s dictation.”

For instance, a legal service on Broadway in New York wrote to “Witichaw.”

Goad also has seen “Witchtaw” and, from a circuit court in Florida, “Witchita.”

There’s also been “Whitchita,” “Wicheta” and “Wicita.”

They get even odder, such as “Wizhna” from a prestigious bank in Pittsburgh, Pa., “Whicta” from a Holiday Inn in Iowa and “Witchate” from a sheriff’s office in Georgia.

Once, Goad even saw “Cedric County” for “Sedgwick County.”

“That’s probably the best of 25 years,” he says of his collection.

He wonders what others have seen, though.

“There might be some more that are even better.”

Goad says he’d like it if people let Have You Heard? know some of the crazy spellings they’ve seen.

He adds, though, “I don’t know how you get much … better.”

Goad says he’s noticed Wichita Falls, Texas, doesn’t seem to suffer the same misspelling fate from what he’s seen.

“And why does everybody know about Wichita Falls?” he says. “It’s like they’re famous, and we’re not. That’s backwards.”

Cathy Hetterscheidt closes the Breakfast Club, plans to open Seneca Street Cafe

WICHITA — Cathy Hetterscheidt, the peripatetic restaurateur, is opening another new restaurant.

She says she’s planning to open Seneca Street Cafe in the former Tepa Cafe space at 3835 S. Seneca, which is next to Seneca Street Bar & Grill.

Hetterschedit has had a string of cafes in various spots around town over the last several years, the most recent being the Breakfast Club at 1002 S. Seneca.

She says she decided to close because of “basically the gentleman that I was dealing with, Craig Gabel.”

Gabel was Hetterscheidt’s landlord, though he says he wasn’t certain the restaurant was closed.

“I’ve done everything I can for this woman,” Gabel says.

He says he paid Hetterscheidt’s water bill for the entire time she was in the restaurant, and he says she further wanted him to give her free or reduced prices on her rent and other things at the building.

“Everything’s in my name right now,” Hetterscheidt says.

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Food and Drug Administration sends warning letter to Wyldewood Cellars

UPDATED — Wyldewood Cellars is back in another legal tangle with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but Wyldewood owner John Brewer calls it a “misunderstanding.”

The FDA sent a warning letter to Brewer late last month in response to an October inspection at his manufacturing and processing facility in Peck.

The letter states that its “investigator observed significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice” for dietary supplements.

Brewer says he’s a juice concentrate producer.

“They sent us a warning letter based on us producing a dietary supplement … that we’re not producing.”

The FDA has had past issues with Wyldewood over its concentrate, and Brewer says he repeatedly has complied with steps the FDA wanted him to take.

“We have, because of the FDA, changed the labeling some six different times,” Brewer says. “I’m getting tired of being picked on by these guys.”

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Oil and gas and real estate developer Don Slawson dies of Alzheimer’s complications

WICHITA — Longtime Wichita businessman Don Slawson has died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

“My father passed away early this morning,” says Todd Slawson, the youngest of three Slawson sons and Denver-based president of his family’s oil company.

Mr. Slawson was a fixture in the Wichita business community for decades.

“He was very much an entrepreneur,” says Jerry Jones, a commercial broker at Slawson Cos.

“He had a very strong passion for business,” Todd Slawson says.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a political science degree and a minor in geology, Mr. Slawson worked briefly for a drilling company before starting his own oil and gas business in 1957.

“His love … initially was oil and gas,” Todd Slawson says. “He was one of the most active drillers in the state of Kansas for many years.”

Then, in the 1970s, Mr. Slawson began buying land in Wichita.

“As he would tell it, he saw … that he wanted to diversify his business,” Jones says.

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Visitors looking for the WaterWalk fountains might wind up at the county jail instead

WICHITA — Mulvane resident Tom Coppola Googled the WaterWalk fountains the other day because he planned to go to a nearby food truck rally.

FILE  The fountains at WaterWalk.   (June 21, 2013)“I was very pleased to find numerous YouTube videos showing the beauty of said fountains,” Coppola said in an e-mail.

Coppola said he was surprised, though, to see that a number of references on Google showed the address of the fountains as 605 N. Wichita.

Instead of a view of the fountains, visitors instead will find themselves looking at the back side of the county jail if they go to that address.

jail2“The most amazing of all was the fact that the city of Wichita’s own website has the same incorrect address!” Coppola wrote. “Imagine the surprise of a visitor to our fair city, who attempts to find the waterwalk fountains, only to end up in an alley behind the county jail. One would think that with the amount of money spent on these fountains, the amount of money spent promoting tourism in Wichita, and recent attempts by the city to increase sales tax in order to help promote tourism, that somebody would do a better job of making sure that visitors have the information they need in order to view these attractions.”

Coppola signed his e-mail: “A concerned(sales tax paying) resident of Kansas.”

In another e-mail, city spokesman Dale Goter said the city appreciates Coppola’s concern.

“The address was erroneously posted as N. Wichita and should be S. Wichita. We have changed it,” Goter wrote. “Please pass along our thanks to the alert reader who noticed the mistake.”

See you in a couple of weeks

Hey, guys, I’m out of the office for a couple of weeks. I won’t be checking e-mail, but I’ll look forward to hearing the latest scoop when I return, so please keep those tips coming.



Second Wichita-area Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open on west side

WICHITA — There’s a new strip center under construction in front of the Academy Sports on North Maize Road, and its first tenant is a familiar one.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is going to open in 2,200 square feet when the almost 7,000-square-foot center is completed just north of Panda Express.

Newton residents Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening the first Wichita-area Dickey’s in their hometown on Thursday.

Topeka resident Ryan Wenrich, who also is a Quiznos franchisee, is opening the west Wichita Dickey’s.

Wenrich says it’s “kind of a blossoming area. It makes sense. There’s a lot of rooftops around there.”

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