Ian Lindstrom starts BevIntel franchise to help bars and restaurants count drinks

WICHITA — There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but Ian Lindstrom says there is plenty of free booze flowing in Wichita, and he can help bar and restaurant owners stop it.

Lindstrom has purchased the BevIntel franchise for the Wichita territory.

“We help bars and restaurants manage their inventory and their sales better,” he says. “There’s a lot of potential profits there that they don’t even know they’re missing out on.”

Through weekly audits, Lindstrom says he can count inventory and use scales to measure bottles and kegs.

“We count every one of them,” he says. “I can see when they’re pouring a little heavy handed.”

He says he can show how much was sold versus how much is gone.

“I even account for comp drinks and spills that are approved by management. I’m able to generate reports that show how the bar performed.”

The Toronto-based franchise has been featured on the television show “Bar Rescue.”

Lindstrom says most businesses are in the same boat on alcohol profit loss.

“They have about 20 percent losses that they don’t even know that they’re missing,” he says.

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Starbucks to expand at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Starbucks is expanding its space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

No one with the company is sharing details, but April Reed of Slawson Cos. confirms it’s happening.

Starbucks, which has been at NewMarket since 2003, currently has 1,500 square feet. It’s expanding into the 1,475-square-foot space Cartridge World left last summer.

Slawson has done exterior work to get the new space ready for Starbucks.

“One of their concerns was that each of those storefronts had its own distinct look,” Reed says. “They wanted to make it look like it was one cohesive space.”

The coffee chain is now in the design and permitting phase.

“They’re shooting to open in May,” Reed says.

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