Shapiro brothers to open new restaurant in former Amici space and remodel Liquid

WICHITA — The new year could shape up to be a better one for Bryan Shapiro than the last several years.

“We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on,” he says.

First, he and his brother, Keith, are opening a new bistro in the former Amici space in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock.

“We haven’t even named it yet,” Shapiro says.

He says they’re planning something along the lines of a neighborhood bar with good food.”

Shapiro wants people to be able to pop in, have a martini, watch a game or relax on the patio.

Look for the restaurant to open in late March.

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54 new plaques give Old Town visitors a glimpse of history

plaque2WICHITA — Old Town is obviously one of Wichita’s most historic areas. Now, some of that history is readily available for people to learn as they visit the area.

Developer Dave Burk this month placed 54 plaques on buildings throughout Old Town. He finished a couple of days ago and has already seen visitors stopping to look.

“This was research that we put together when we compiled all the information to get this into a National Historic District,” Burk says.

That was back in 1990.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” Burk says.

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KKRD debuts online today

WICHITA – Matt Johnston enjoyed KKRD, 107.3-FM, as a young adult, and now the 36-year-old owns the new online radio station KKRDonline.com.

Clear Channel Radio used to have the KKRD license.

“They have let it lapse for five years,” Johnston says. “I bought all the domains that were connected to KKRD.”

The station is strictly online and isn’t connected to 107.3 anymore.

“That’s the station that we all listened to as we were growing up,” Johnston says of Wichitans around his age.

He’ll play music from the ’90s and some from today. The station officially debuts at 5 p.m. with a party at Club Fuzion in Old Town.

You can also catch music by Johnston, who often performs at the Candle Club and has Sound Advice, which has 65 karaoke shows a week around the city.