Category Archives: West side

Metro Grill owner explains departure

WICHITA — Metro Grill owner Michael Gonzalez wasn’t available last week to discuss why he abruptly left his restaurant at the Waterfront, which his landlord said he gutted on the way out.

“There was more to it than what they said, of course,” Gonzalez says.

“I’ve been so depressed for the last couple of weeks, but life goes on.”

He says there were a number of issues that caused him to leave.

“I was expecting volume like Andover,” Gonzalez says of his former restaurant there, which someone else now owns.

He says his lunch and weekend business was great, but the rest of his sales weren’t enough.

“That was just too much of a high rent to sustain,” Gonzalez says. “But I gave it a shot.”

He says parking became a bit of an issue with the new Firebirds next door to his restaurant. Also, Gonzalez says his landlords disappointed him by not putting his restaurant on a billboard near Kellogg and Rock Road as he says they promised. He says he had been working with them to lower his rent and then received a 10-day notice to leave.

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Court orders Dave’s Pool Store auction, though Dave’s will stay in business

WICHITA — What began as a dream is now ending in an auction.

The building that Dave Scheideman had been building at 909 N. West St. to be the new home of his Dave’s Pool Store is going to be auctioned along with the contents of the store, which is still in its longtime home at 915 N. West St.

Scheideman shared his plans for a new store with Have You Heard? on Sept. 18. Four days later, he died in a motorcycle accident.

Then in October, Scheideman’s son, Brian, said he was working to keep the business running and planned to move into the new store by early winter, which is what his father originally planned.

“He was in the process of building the building,” Brian Scheideman says. “It was his lifelong dream to get it and move his store in there.”

He says there’s now a court-ordered decision that’s forcing the auction.

“He died, and all those papers were signed with the death clauses in them as far as … all the bank stuff,” Scheideman says.

“It’s come down to basically it has to be sold,” he says. “It’s just how the chips have fallen, and you know, it’s unfortunate, but it’s just one of those things.”

Scheideman won’t discuss the details behind the order.

Chuck Korte Real Estate & Auction Service will handle the March 19 auction, which will be held at what was to be the new store.

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Supplement World to open on west side

WICHITA — Dustin West and Jeff McAnarney are ready to open their second Supplement World.

It’s “time for expansion and growth,” McAnarney says.

Their first store opened at 321 S. Andover Road in Andover in May.

The new 1,600-square-foot store will open near Cenral and Ridge in front of Gordmans on Friday.

“I’m a west-sider,” McAnarney says.

While the new store will be more convenient for him, he says, it also will be more handy for a lot of Supplement World’s customers.

The store, which is an independent one and not a franchise, sells a variety of supplements for such things as sports nutrition and weight loss.

McAnarney says he and West probably won’t do other stores in Wichita, but he says, “I think that we’re looking at other markets possibly down the road.”

He adds, “Basically, we just want to thank Andover and Wichita for the great support.”

Event space to open in former Moose lodge

WICHITA — Kyle Riffel already works at Barney’s, his family’s drug store on West Central just east of Zoo Boulevard, and now he’s preparing for a second job just down from there at 3130 W. Central where the Loyal Order of the Moose 138 closed late last year.

“We were just trying to come up with an idea that might work in that type of a space,” Riffel says. “They had already ran some dances and things out of there.”

Riffel says there’s a dance floor and bar area, so he says an event space for parties and weddings makes sense.

“We thought that that was our best bet,” he says.

“There’s only a couple of options out here,” Riffel says of other west-side event spaces.

He’s working on zoning and a liquor license now.

Riffel says the Moose lodge could serve alcohol to members on certain days and have a cash bar that was open to the public one day a week.

“It was very specific … as far as who could buy drinks.”

Riffel says he’s not trying to get a license to sell alcohol to the public. He says he’ll do private parties only.

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Lawyer Abdul Arif buys Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Abdul Arif swore he’d never do it again, but he’s getting back in the restaurant business.

Arif says he closed on a deal Wednesday to buy Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria in NewMarket Square and plans to make some changes, though incrementally, and expand with more restaurants.

Years ago, the lawyer says, he had a couple of Indian restaurants “that I lost my shirt on.”

The difference now, he says, is his tenant at Sutton Place, Gerard Rodriguez of Anna Murdoc’s Cafe, is going to run Avivo in addition to having an ownership stake in it.

“We made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, just like the pizza mafia guys do,” Arif says jokingly.

He says Rodriguez went to culinary school and has a passion for food.

“I’m not passionate about food like these guys who go to culinary school,” Arif says. “You can’t get them to shut up.”

Tony Suellentrop, whose family started Avivo, says other demands prompted the sale.

“We have a lot going on,” he says.

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Pristine Paws to open March 1

Tiana Kuntz and her "old boy," Bubba.

Tiana Kuntz and her “old boy,” Bubba.

WICHITA — Tiana Kuntz has spent the past 16 years grooming dogs for other businesses, and now she’s going to open her own dog-grooming business.

“I’ve thought about it for the last two or three years,” Kuntz says. “It’s a skill set I have, and I enjoy doing it, so I may as well do it for myself.”

She’s going to open Pristine Paws in 1,100 square feet at 1900 W. 13th St., which is just east of McLean.

Kuntz also is employing groomers Jordan Walker, who has five years of experience, and Stacey Reeves, who has done it for six years.

Pristine Paws will be a full-service grooming business, though Kuntz says she won’t offer teeth cleaning.

The business will open March 1. Kuntz says she’s “pretty stoked.”

“It was just time for a change.”

You don’t say

“Put a sparkle in your smile with Grillz here at Towne West Jewelers.”

– A tweet from Towne West Square promoting the sparkly caps that can be worn over teeth

Marine World owners to buy Mid-America Powersports

WICHITA — In July, Have You Heard? reported that Mid-America Powersports owner Ross Reed planned to close his business.

Then, within days, Reed said it looked like he may have opportunities to sell the business.

Now, that’s happening.

Marine World owners Nick and Nathan Blasi are buying the business.

“We felt it fit well with what we’re already doing,” says Nick Blasi.

Marine World sells watercraft and some power sports.

“We felt that it was our chance to own all the brands together,” Nick Blasi says.

Mid-America Powersports sells Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM and Kymco.

“It’s such a unique business,” Nathan Blasi says. “You cannot duplicate that.”

He says Reed “just worked it out where it’s made a perfect marriage over time.”

Nathan Blasi says he and his brother were Reed’s customers while growing up.

“He has just built it over time.”

The Blasis are managing Mid-America Powersports until the deal closes. They plan to keep Marine World at 7979 W. Kellogg and Mid-America at 333 N. West St.

“We wanted to keep this business going because it is unique,” Nathan Blasi says. “It’s a destination-type store. It’s an awesome thing that he’s built.”

Wan Da Buffet to open in former World Buffet space

WICHITA — A new buffet restaurant is opening where the World Buffet Grill used to be at 21st and Ridge.

World Buffet closed late last year.

Wan Da Buffet opens Tuesday.

Owner Xue Chen used to have a hibachi restaurant in El Dorado.

His new restaurant will feature a buffet but will also have menus, carryout and catering.

Manager Hank Luc says Wan Da will have “a little bit of everything,” including American, Chinese and Japanese food.

Verizon Wireless converts NewMarket Square store to Smart Store

WICHITA — The newly expanded Verizon Wireless at NewMarket Square opens Thursday with a new concept.

“We are opening what we call a Smart Store,” says spokeswoman Brenda Hill.

“We’ve really completely redesigned the customer experience inside the store,” she says. “Now the way the store is organized is … really focused on the way that customers use wireless.”

Only 100 of Verizon’s 1,700 stores across the country have this concept so far, and this will be the first one in Wichita and second one in Kansas.

“This is a big deal for us to have one of the first,” Hill says.

She says an employee called an experience specialist will greet customers when they enter the store.

“A lot of times customers come in the store, and they really don’t know what they need,” Hill says. There’s a lot “that they don’t know wireless can help them with.”

She says that might include ways to save money on home energy or devices to measure fitness goals.

The store will have four major zones to cater to various needs.

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