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“Like Mark Twain said, ‘The rumors of my death are grossly exaggerated.’ ”

— Developer Chuck Caro’s Facebook post today after word incorrectly circulated that he had died

Orange Leaf opens Friday at Siena Plaza

WICHITA — Sean O’Brien’s first Orange Leaf is opening Friday in Siena Plaza, a Chuck Caro property at 37th and Rock.

This is Wichita’s second Orange Leaf yogurt franchise.

Jeff Finnell, the other franchisee here, opened the first Orange Leaf at the retail center at 21st and Tyler in front of the Warren Theatre in July.

O’Brien also is working to bring Orange Leaf to Caro’s strip center near the northeast corner of Central and Greenwich.

Look for a probable October opening there.

Chuck Caro is in Italy and not just for vacation

WICHITA — Developers scout businesses all the time with the plan to possibly lure them to their developments.

It sounds like Chuck Caro is taking that to an extreme.

We hear Caro is in Italy to find a potential Italian restaurant to come to his Siena Plaza development at 37th and Rock.

It’s hard to believe, and we can’t confirm it with Caro because, of course, he’s in Italy.

Sounds like he has family there, though, who just might help him make a connection.

We’ll let you know how it went when he returns.

Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates to open at Bradley Fair

tully4WICHITA — Bradley Fair has landed a sweet deal — literally.

Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates is moving from Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock to Bradley Fair next to where Il Vicino is opening in August.

“Siena Plaza is a lovely little shopping center, but we’ve kind of outgrown it,” says Cocoa Dolce owner Beth Tully.

She’s moving the retail portion of her business into 1,800 square feet in early September. That compares to the 1,200 square feet Tully has now.

Last year, Tully moved the production side of her business to 3540 N. Comotara near House of Schwan.

Cocoa Dolce opened in November 2005.

“We’ve grown so quickly,” Tully says.

And she likes the potential for more business at Bradley Fair since the Laham Development center attracts a lot of foot traffic.

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Caro Ventures sues Amici’s owners

WICHITA — Caro Ventures has filed a lawsuit against former Amici’s owners Daniel Miller and Ryan Watenpaugh.

The suit, filed in Sedgwick County District Court, asks for more than $100,000 in property damages and unpaid rent.

“They are no longer ever coming back,” Chuck Caro says. He says two chefs running a restaurant instead of a chef and a business person “seemed to not make things work very well.”

The restaurant was open only a few months last year before a June 2008 fire caused $300,000 in damages.

“They didn’t get any insurance money,” Caro says. “They weren’t covered properly, supposedly.”

Miller couldn’t be reached for comment, and Watenpaugh and his attorney didn’t return calls to comment.

“We’ve gone in and gutted the space,” Caro says. He says he’s “getting ready to turn it into a vanilla box” for the next potential tenant.

Caro says the Amici’s owners still had about 4 1/2 years left on their lease, but he says he’s not using the lawsuit to try and collect on those years.

Pacific Coast Pizza will add color to Siena Plaza

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Going to school on the East Coast inspired Wichita native Rusty Law to open a restaurant named for the ocean on the West Coast.

Law and his brother, Kevin, plan to open Pacific Coast Pizza at Siena Plaza by July 4.

The beach-themed concept will add some vibrant color to Siena’s Tuscan design at 37th and Rock.

Rusty Law moved to South Carolina 14 years ago.

“That’s where I stumbled upon the concept that I have here,” Law says. “We put our own little spin on it.”

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“It’s like getting your money and throwing it out the window.”

— Developer Chuck Caro, who says he feels sorry for everyone like him who had to pay to quickly remove snow from businesses Saturday only to have the sun come out and melt it the next day