Karma closes at Comotara Center

WICHITA — Another east-side business has closed.

Karma, a wellness studio that opened last fall at Comotara Center at 29th and Rock Road, is no longer in business.

Rebecca Lee opened her studio in 3,600 square feet of the former Chelsea’s Bar and Grill.

She won’t discuss why she’s closed.

“We’re doing it, and that’s all there really is to say about it,” Lee says. “I don’t really feel like talking about it.”

She referred questions to her lawyer, who didn’t return a call for comment.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is coming downtown to Douglas and Ida

UPDATED — There’s a lot of downtown news this week with more approvals coming on the area’s master plan.

What might bring a little more immediate excitement is Five Guys Burgers and Fries‘ confirmation that it has a deal to open Sept. 1 at the southwest corner of Douglas and Ida.

Have You Heard? first reported that was a possibility in August.

Five Guys franchisee Jeff Miller says he’ll locate on Douglas across from the Anchor, which is on the southeast corner of that intersection, though the city’s Historic Preservation Board still needs to approve the restaurant’s design.

“We’re pretty confident that they’ll be real happy with what we’re bringing to them,” Miller says. “We don’t anticipate any problems there.”

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New Rylee & Reece owners are moving the shop to NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Tiffany Garner has shopped at the Rylee & Reece children’s boutique at Comotara Center at least once a season since it opened 3 1/2 years ago.

“It’s just the best store,” she says. “It’s just got great kids clothes, very unique things you can’t find at other places.”

So when she heard it was closing, she acted fast.

“A month and a half later, here we are,” says Garner, who bought the business with her mother, Lynette.

Krista Hunt and her mother, Phyllis Rose, opened Rylee & Reece and named it after Hunt’s children.

They’re now 5 and 4.

“I’m home with my little ones quite a bit,” Hunt says.

That means Rose has been at the store quite a bit, but she’s ready to retire and spend more time with her grandkids, which is why they’re selling.

The Garners are moving the business from Comotara at 29th and Rock Road to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal for the 2,000-square-foot space. It’s where Wells Fargo was previously.

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Ben Arnold of Corporate Caterers of Wichita may take over Cargill restaurant space

WICHITA — It’s really hard to believe, but Ben Arnold may be taking on another venture.

The owner of Corporate Caterers of Wichita has taken on a lot in the last year, such as expanding the space at his Douglas and West headquarters, leasing a large, new space at Comotara Center and signing a deal with the Broadview Hotel.

Now, Arnold may be Cargill’s top choice to take over the restaurant space at the company’s Wichita headquarters at 151 N. Main.

“I am very interested in the space, and would love the opportunity,” Arnold says.

“I have not signed a contract on the space, so to confirm this information would be premature.”

Piccadilly Express had been operating at the building for 13 years but last month was told it didn’t make the cut in Cargill’s decision about future food services.

The restaurant closed immediately.

Look for news on Arnold’s possible deal soon.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries chooses Comotara Center for its next site

WICHITA — Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchisee Jeff Miller confirms what we suspected about his next site.

“You were right about Comotara,” he says of the shopping center near 29th and Rock.

“We are going to be in the Material Comforts location.”

That store already has closed.

Miller signed the new lease today and expects to be open by November.

The space is 4,800 square feet. About 3,500 of that will be for the restaurant, which is substantially bigger than the 2,300 square feet Five Guys has on the west side in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize.

“When it’s busy, we’re very crowded, and we’d like to have a little more space for our guests,” Miller says.

“We feel like we’ve been so well received in town, we’d just like a little bigger space.”

The rest of the building will be used to train employees in the market.

Miller also is eyeing several downtown sites.

“We haven’t committed to anything,” he says.

He is shopping, though.

“We’ll have several more in the area.”

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is days away from signing for east-side space

WICHITA — Next to repeated Chick-fil-A questions — when’s it coming? where? — the next fast food restaurant we hear the most questions about is Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

When is the chain going to add an east-side Wichita location?

Answer: soon.

Franchisee Jeff Miller says he’s just this close to signing a lease.

The Five Guys in front of Lowe’s near 29th North and Maize opened in February.

Sources have reported several east-side sites Miller has eyed.

He reportedly looked at reconfiguring part of the former Ethan Allen space near Central and Rock, but that’s where Mattress Hub is now going.

Comotara Center at 29th North and Rock Road is another reported possibility.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Miller has focused on Rock Road.

So where’s the final spot?

Miller will tell us within days.

Karma wellness studio to open in former Chelsea’s Bar and Grill space

WICHITA — There’s another new tenant for the former Latour Management space at Comotara Center at 29th and Rock, and this one has a lot of Karma.

That’s the name of the new wellness studio that Rebecca Lee will open in October in 3,600 square feet of the former Chelsea’s Bar and Grill.

“This is going to be a total experience for whoever walks through the door,” Lee says.

She’ll offer Pilates, yoga, personal training and Thai massage.

Lee will partner with others, such as nutritionists, to expand what she can offer. She’s interested in partnering with anyone who has creative solutions for wellness.

“Part of my mantra is accepting everybody,” Lee says of potential clients.

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Eccentricity to move to former Olive Tree Bistro space

UPDATED — Eccentricity owner Linda Burton has been working on leasing the former Olive Tree Bistro space since December.

When several other parties also recently showed interest, she realized she had to act fast.

“It was a quick decision,” Burton says.

The 3,680-square-foot space at Comotara Center is now hers.

That means she’ll be moving from several doors down where she already has 2,200 square feet at the center, which is at 29th and Rock.

“We’re busting out the seams here,” Burton says.

In addition to being nearby, the Olive Tree space is special to Burton.

“I loved that building forever.”

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Eccentricity to move to former Olive Tree Bistro space

WICHITA — Eccentricity owner Linda Burton has been working on leasing the former Olive Tree Bistro space since December.

When several other parties also recently showed interest, she realized she had to act fast.

“It was a quick decision,” Burton says.

The 3,680-square-foot space at Comotara Center is now hers.

That means she’ll be moving from several doors down where she already has 2,200 square feet at the center, which is at 29th and Rock.

“We’re busting out the seams here,” Burton says.

In addition to being nearby, the Olive Tree space is special to Burton.

“I loved that building forever.”

Check back later today for more details.

Corporate Caterers of Wichita to take former Olive Tree Bistro banquet space

WICHITA — Since last year, Ben Arnold of Corporate Caterers of Wichita has been eyeing the former Olive Tree Bistro banquet hall at Comotara Center at 29th and Rock for expansion.

He didn’t think a deal would happen, though, because he doesn’t need the former Olive Tree and Chelsea’s restaurant space.

“It was too much space,” he says.

Now, he’s worked out an arrangement with RP Realty Partners to take just the banquet room.

RP will lease the two restaurant spaces for retail.

Late last year, Latour Management was evicted for nonpayment of rent following a feud over maintenance issues.

Antoine Toubia, the late founder of the company, first opened a restaurant there in 1987.

Arnold will sign a lease for the 13,200 square feet of banquet and kitchen space Friday.

By May 1st, following some remodeling, he’ll be ready to accept catering functions for up to 400 people.

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