Melad Stephan to open Revolution Rock Bar and move Empire Catering into Eaton Place

WICHITA — Melad Stephan is growing his Old Town empire, literally and figuratively.

Stephan’s Empire Catering is moving into Eaton Place at Douglas and St. Francis where Eaton Steakhouse used to be.

“We’re really going to attack the catering big time,” he says.

Instead of spending money to put in a kitchen there, Stephan is taking over the former Whiskey Creek space, which most recently was the Air Capital Grill, to use that kitchen for all his catering.

In the front of that space, which is at 233 N. Mosley, Stephan is putting in a bar called Revolution Rock Bar.

The building isn’t as visible as some restaurants in Old Town.

“It’s more like a bar-hopping place,” Stephan says of that area. “By putting a bar in there, it fits right in there with the other bars.”

Unlike Stephan’s Oeno Wine Bar in Old Town Square, which caters to an age 30-and-up crowd, Revolution will cater to a younger set.

“We’re going to do some exciting things in the front of the building to attract people in,” Stephan says. “We’re going to play music from the ’80s and things like that.”

He’ll have a DJ and show music videos on the wall.

The bar should open by early October.

Stephan hopes to open at the Eaton by early September.

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Air Capital Grill to open in former Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill space in Old Town

WICHITA — A new restaurant is going in the former Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill space in Old Town.

Matt Carr is opening Air Capital Grill at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 233 N. Mosley, where Whiskey Creek closed in January after more than a decade in business.

“It was an opportunity to actually make something that’s my own and stay in Wichita,” Carr says.

He’s worked in the restaurant business for 20 years. When working for others, he says, he had to move around a lot.

“Wichita has always been home to me.”

He plans to serve steaks, sandwiches, burgers and pasta seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Carr also will serve a Sunday brunch.

The restaurant is 6,500 square feet.

“It’s felt that way over the last 30 days,” says Carr, who has put a lot of work into the sizable space.

He says he’s redone the floors and renovated every part of the space he could.

Carr still needs more servers and hosts. For more information, click here.