U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services finalizes lease for former Davis Furniture space in Delano

WICHITA — The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has closed on its deal to lease the 13,000-square-foot former Davis Furniture space in Delano.

“It’s all done and signed,” says Chris Ruffin, director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.

In August, Have You Heard? reported the lease was a possibility.

At the time, Chris Ruffin — who previously planned a country-and-western bar for the space — admitted the immigration office might not have the same flair.

“You know, it’s not glamorous, but it’s a really vital part of government resources.”

The renovated space will be ready in about a year.

Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture is the architect.

“It’s going to look really good,” Ruffin says. “I love the plans.”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may take 13,000 square feet of former Davis Furniture space in Delano

UPDATED — A deal is close for a new tenant in the former Davis Furniture space, and it’s as unlike a country-and-western bar as it can be.

It looked like there was a done deal earlier today, but it’s not finalized yet. If it happens, though, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would take 13,000 square feet in the building.

“You know, it’s not glamorous, but it’s a really vital part of government resources,” says Chris Ruffin, director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.

Chris Ruffin says an Immigration Services lease would mean a lot for Delano, too.

“It’s a big deal,” he says. “It saves that derelict building. It’s been an eyesore in Wichita for a really, really long time.”

The Ruffins plan to heavily invest in the property, where they once planned a bar, before Immigration Services would move in.

“The building’s going to look spectacular,” Chris Ruffin says. “It’s not going to look like a government building per se.”

Read More »

Deal in the works for the former Davis Furniture space in Delano

WICHITA — Chris Ruffin is close to announcing a new deal for the former Davis Furniture space in Delano.

“I’m working on something big,” says Ruffin, who is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.

Chris Ruffin at one point planned a 15,000-square-foot country-western bar and restaurant for the space, but he and his father decided to go in a different direction.

It sounds like the new deal is with a local company possibly looking to expand, but Ruffin won’t go into details about what kind of business it is.

“I really can’t because if our competitors find out, that wouldn’t be good for us. There’s a reason real estate is so secretive.”

Look for news within a week.

“It’s such a great deal.”

Gilley’s may or may not happen in Delano

WICHITA — The 15,000-square-foot country-western bar and restaurant Chris Ruffin had hoped to bring to the former Davis Furniture space in Delano may not happen.

Ruffin is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.

There’s a Gilley’s in Phil Ruffin’s Treasure Island in Las Vegas just like there was in his New Frontier Hotel and Casino. That’s what was in the works here.

“The boys are sold on the idea of the Gilley’s . . . but the old man is not,” Phil Ruffin says of his sons.

“We’re still getting some numbers,” Ruffin says of renovating the space. “The numbers originally came in very high.”

If Gilley’s doesn’t happen, Ruffin says he’ll lease the space to someone else.

“There’s always someone. It’s a really good location.”

It’s where he hoped he and business partner Donald Trump could put a casino.

“That whole area was the location for the Trump Tower,” Ruffin says.

“They talk about downtown revitalization. What that would have done. My god. . . . And, of course, it got shot down.”

We’ll let you know whether or not “the old man” shoots down Gilley’s.

Delano establishment to be restaurant and entertainment complex in addition to a bar

WICHITA — A few Delano dwellers have expressed concern over the new business coming to the former Davis Furniture space, but Chris Ruffin says not to worry.

“It’s going to be a restaurant and entertainment facility and a bar,” says Ruffin, who is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties. “It’s not going to be just a bar.”

The 15,000-square-foot space will be divided into a restaurant and a bar.

“The side with the bar is going to have live music,” Chris Ruffin says.

The restaurant side will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with barbecue and an eclectic mix of other food.

Ruffin describes it as “kind of fun food.”

Customers can eat in the bar as well as the restaurant.

There also will be an outside seating area with a fire pit.

Ruffin will share more details as plans progress.

Country-western bar coming to former Davis Furniture building in Delano

WICHITA — Ever since his father bought the former Davis Furniture building in Delano in 2007, Chris Ruffin knew there would have to be extensive renovation.

“I needed to gut it and make it leasable at least,” says Ruffin, who is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.

The younger Ruffin had another idea, though, for a country-western bar.

“I’ve been trying to sell this one idea for a while,” he says.

His father was in Wichita Tuesday.

“He saw it and was like, ‘Let’s do it,’ ” Chris Ruffin says.

There’s no name for the bar, nor is it finalized who will own and run it.

“This is all real, real new,” Chris Ruffin says.

The 15,000-square-foot West Douglas space will feature western-themed things like a mechanical bull and saddles for bar stools.

“It’s going to be a live music venue for touring country bands as well,” Ruffin says.

“It’s going to be a country-western bar much in the vein of our Gilley’s,” he says of the bar that’s in his father’s Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

Read More »