Koch Industries remodels its Koch Cafe

WICHITA — One of the biggest food venues in town is getting a makeover, but it’s not a restaurant.

It’s the 30,000-square-foot Koch Cafe, which as the name implies is the cafeteria at Koch Industries near 37th Street North and Oliver.

“It is a busy place,” says spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia.

The cafeteria serves 2,600 employees including Charles Koch, who is a regular diner there.

Eurest Dining Services runs the cafeteria which has been closed since May 11. It won’t reopen until late September.

“So you can imagine with it being closed, people are trying to figure out how to eat,” says Craig Highfill, Koch’s vice president of facilities solutions.

Koch is trying to help.

“If we had all of our employees going out at one time, it would hit the market pretty hard,” Highfill says.

The Flying Stove food truck is now stationed at Koch on Thursdays.

Eurest also is using a remote kitchen to make some items to sell in a temporary cafe.

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“I don’t know how in the hell they can roast me. I’m too wonderful.”

— Businessman George “Little Georgie” Ablah, whose good friends Charles Koch, Tom Devlin and Lindy Andeel will roast him Friday to benefit the American Diabetes Association

Community Housing Services to move to former Alan Appliance Service building

WICHITA — The former Alan Appliance Service building at 1300 E. Central is going to be the new home of Community Housing Services.

“We try to build houses for low-to-moderate income people,” says the nonprofit’s Danny Jakub.

Jakub is the contractor for houses the group builds or renovates, and he’s also the contractor converting the 8,000-square-foot former shop into offices.

Community Housing currently is in Providence Square (formerly KenMar) at 13th and Oliver.

Community Housing’s rent was going to go up due to renovations the new owners of the center made.

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