Citizens Bank of Kansas opens new office

WICHITA — Jane Deterding, chairman of her family’s Citizens Bank of Kansas, has a new office. Depending on who she’s talking to, Deterding refers to the office in one of a few ways.

Though it’s technically an executive office for Deterding and her brother-in-law, CEO Mark Keeny, Deterding doesn’t like to refer to it as such.

“We’re not executive office kind of people,” she said. “It sounds a little hoity-toity.”

The 1,700-square-foot space is at 417 S. 119th St. West, which is behind the center where Kanai and Twelve Restaurant are.

“The working title became the Bat Cave, which I love but sounds a little awkward,” Deterding says.

The Dugout was in the running, too.

“The one we settled on was the West Wing.”

She still lapses into calling it the Bat Cave in certain company, though.

Deterding had been working out of the Citizens Bank at 13th and Tyler.

Keeny divides his time between Wichita and Kingman.

“Mark and I were doing, as we should, more future planning, developing and strategizing and not lending, and we need space for lenders,” Deterding says.

She and Keeny will be at the new office along with an executive assistant.

Foulston Construction did the build out.

Deterding says there’s one as-of-yet unclaimed office and a nice conference room.

“In March, we’ll have the TV on for basketball,” she says. Deterding says she doesn’t mind if others – meaning nonexecutives and nonbank employees – come and watch, too.

“Sure.”

RCF Investments, a family entity, owns the building. The bank will rent from RCF, which is a subsidiary of Rock Chalk Farms Inc. That’s farming land the family has in Reno County.

Deterding says she likes that restaurants such as Twelve are just around the corner for happy hour.

“You know, until we get our own bar set up.”

Citizens Bank of Kansas is drawn into political dispute via Facebook

WICHITA — A political dispute became a business one for Citizens Bank of Kansas on Monday.

Bank chairman Jane Deterding filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission late last month over Kansans for Responsible Government, Wink Hartman Sr.’s super PAC.

“I just did it individually,” Deterding says. “No covert operation here.”

Nor was there a connection to her family’s bank, she says.

However, State Sen. Michael O’Donnell has found one, and on Monday he used Facebook to share it.

“Ms. Deterding at the Citizens Bank of Kansas filed just completely baseless and false charges against me and Wink Hartman regarding involvement with the Tiahrt campaign,” says O’Donnell, whose Facebook profile picture is of himself with former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

“I got into politics with Bob Dole, and he taught us to play hard but play fair,” says Deterding, who worked for Dole from 1983 to 1987. “That’s not what’s happening in the Tiahrt campaign.”

Deterding, a friend and supporter of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, says she believes that Hartman is inappropriately funneling money to the campaign of former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Pompeo’s opponent in the current 4th District House primary race. She says she believes that O’Donnell, Hartman’s marketing director, is serving as a go-between.

O’Donnell conducted a “poll” related to Deterding.

“Facebook poll: Who banks with Citizens Bank of Kansas? I’ve never come across such unethical leadership in my life,” O’Donnell wrote.

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“We now have perhaps a bike lane, perhaps a smart car lane, perhaps a no pick-up lane. Waiting for instructions.”

– An e-mail from Jane Deterding of Citizens Bank of Kansas on what she calls the “unique” new lane markings at 135th and 21st streets

Mike’s Wine Dive owners to open the Hill Bar and Grill in the former Barrier’s space

Brothers Brent (left) and Brad Steven in front of the former Barrier’s building at Douglas and Oliver, which they’re going to transform into the Hill Bar and Grill.

WICHITA — As some residents of Crown Heights are organizing a group to protest a bar and grill going in the former Barrier’s space at Douglas and Oliver, the restaurateurs hoping to open it are ready to share details.

Mike’s Wine Dive owners Brent and Brad Steven plan to open the Hill Bar and Grill — named for the hill in College Hill — in 5,100 square feet of the building in March.

Mike’s is in the center at the northwest corner of the intersection. The Hill will be on the northeast corner.

Though Brad Steven says the Hill will be a great place to catch a game, he says, “It’s not going to be a sports bar.”

“Our focus will be a wide selection of craft beers as well as American food,” he says. “Basically, we’re going to be specializing in beers the way we specialize in wine at Mike’s.”

There will be 25 beers on tap and craft beers from around the world.

Brent Steven describes it as “kind of like an ale house.”

He says the idea is “a place that’s totally different than Mike’s.”

Where Mike’s is more fine dining, he says, he and his brother envision the Hill as “more of a hangout spot.”

“It will appeal to a wider audience than Mike’s does.”

There will be seating for about 150 customers.

There will be an outside patio facing Douglas that is within the front of the building and will serve as an area for smoking. There will be another patio that wraps around the east side of the building.

There will be another 2,400 square feet left in the building for another business.

The Hill’s hours aren’t set yet, but the Stevens are thinking 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. most days and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on the weekends.

The hours are a key issue for some residents.

“You can go on the news and see all the time what happens in Old Town at 2 a.m.,” says Melinda Foley, who is president of the Crown Heights Neighborhood Association.

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Angelo’s won’t open in former Barrier’s space, but another restaurant working on it

UPDATED — Angelo’s won’t be opening in the former Barrier’s space at Douglas and Oliver after all, but another restaurant will pending final city approval on increased parking.

“I never was positive that we were opening there,” says Gina Fasciano-Hogan. “It was actually way premature that that was mentioned at all.”

Fasciano-Hogan had been speaking with someone who had hoped to buy the building but didn’t succeed.

“That’s how premature it was.”

She still wants to reopen her family’s popular restaurant, though.

“We still want to, yes, and would like to stay in the College Hill area,” Fasciano-Hogan says. “I’m still in the planning stages.”

She says she’s working on a business plan and should be ready to do something in about six months.

“Hopefully when the time comes, something will be available in that area.”

Another group wants part of the former Barrier’s space for a bar and restaurant. Neither the group nor its representatives are sharing details about who the restaurateurs are or what they’re planning.

According to a staff report for the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the real estate agents for the new owners of the building — who closed on Thursdayapplied for a conditional use permit to tear down a duplex near the property for parking.

They also have plans to tear down a building behind the former Barrier’s building but don’t need permission for that because it’s already zoned for neighborhood retail.

The duplex is behind Citizens Bank of Kansas and is zoned for multifamily residential use.

The planning commission unanimously approved the permit with some modifications. This followed numerous public speakers who voiced concerns over the plan along with support for it.

A couple of speakers said they didn’t think the building, which has been vacant for more than two years, can ever attract another business without more parking.

“This building is an eyesore,” resident Trae Staats said. “Frankly, guys, something’s gotta give.”

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Citizens Bank of Kansas sues Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe for defaulting on SBA loan

WICHITA — Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe has defaulted on a $165,000 SBA loan, and the future of the restaurant is in question.

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which administered the loan, has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant to collect the money.

Sisters Kristine, Katie and Kelli Sykes opened the business near Central and Oliver with their mother, Patty Sykes, in spring 2008.

Court documents show they still owe more than $125,000 on their note.

“We got behind on the loan,” Katie Sykes says. “We got, like, two weeks behind pretty much.”

She adds, “There was a little bit of . . . lack of communication.”

Sykes won’t elaborate.

She says everything has been taken care of.

“Since it’s been undone, there’s really nothing to talk about,” Sykes says.

That’s not what court documents show.

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“I’m just thinking, how did that conversation go? Should we go to Betty’s house or should we go to the Dillons at Rock and Central?”

Jane Deterding of Citizens Bank of Kansas, who stopped into Dillons for lunch Friday and was delighted to see “four silver-haired ladies enjoying their afternoon” playing bridge at a four-top table

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“Another snow day for the kids… reason enough to head to work early!”

— A Monday morning Facebook entry by Jane Deterding of Citizens Bank of Kansas

Barrier’s files Chapter 11 and plans to liquidate (updated version)

WICHITA — Barrier’s, the longtime jewelry and gift store on the northeast corner of Douglas and Oliver, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy with $938,788 in liabilities and $2,815,582 in assets.

“We have made a Chapter 11 filing, and now we’re in the process of planning our next steps,” says Mary Ellen Barrier.

Barrier says she can’t say whether the bankruptcy means the store will close or sell.

“I just do not know yet,” she says. “All these final decisions have not been made.”

According to the bankruptcy filing, though, the store is having a liquidation sale.

“There’s a teachable moment here,” says Barrier’s attorney Ed Nazar.

“We’ve lost an icon for Wichita, and I feel very sad about that. And we’ve lost that icon for two reasons.

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WICHITA — “Am I the only one that thinks that the new Intrust Bank Arena looks like a cruise ship?”
Jane Deterding, executive vice president and general counsel of Citizens Bank of Kansas