Riverside Cafe South to open Friday

WICHITA — Paul Cohlmia’s Riverside Cafe South is set to open Friday.

The restaurant, which will be in the center at the southwest corner of Pawnee and Meridian, will replace Cohlmia’s Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn because he says Dollar General is interested in putting a store there.

Cohlmia says this location will open at 5 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays unlike 6 a.m. at his other restaurants.

“There’s a bunch of industrial shops that … we might help out for breakfast,” he says.

The restaurant will be open until 8 p.m. daily except for Sundays when it will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riverside Cafe South is opening in the former Crazy Horse Saloon space.

“But we’re not serving alcohol,” Cohlmia says. “Sorry.”

Paul Cohlmia’s east-side Riverside restaurant to reopen on the south side

WICHITA — Paul Cohlmia is reopening his east-side restaurant, but not on the east side.

He’s opening Riverside Cafe South in the center on the southwest corner of Pawnee and Meridian. The almost-3,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of restaurants.

“For my customers, I think I’m hitting a niche right over there,” Cohlmia says.

Still, he’s sorry for his east-side customers.

“I tried to find something, but I couldn’t, really,” he says of economical space.

Cohlmia had to close Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn because he says Dollar General is interested in putting a store there.

His original Riverside Cafe is in Riverside, and he has one in Derby as well.

The south-side restaurant will open sometime in April.

“We miss our customers out east,” Cohlmia says. He hopes they come to the new restaurant, as some of them having been doing at his other restaurants.

“Some of them have been coming in, thank goodness.”

Riverside Too may have to move

WICHITA — It looks like Riverside Too at 924 S. Woodlawn may need a new home.

Dollar General is interested in putting a store at the intersection of Lincoln and Woodlawn.

Paul Cohlmia, whose original Riverside Cafe is in Riverside, opened the second one in the former Livingston’s Cafe in 2010.

If the Dollar General deal happens, it sounds like he most likely will try to keep Riverside Too open in another spot.

We’ll let you know what happens.

Family Dollar is adding another Wichita store

WICHITA — Like Dollar General, which is bringing four new stores to Wichita, Family Dollar also appears to be expanding here.

No one with the company responded for comment, but there’s a building permit for $240,000 for 2201 E. Central.

The construction company building the store says the permit is for a new Family Dollar.

There’s been a lot of news this week about discount retailers expanding in the market.

In addition to the Family Dollar and Dollar General news, Dollar Tree announced it’s bringing another store to the area. It will open at Westgate Market on West Kellogg by April.

Dollar General to build four new stores in Wichita in 2011

WICHITA — It looks like Dollar General has a bigger plan for Wichita than simply two new stores.

In October, Have You Heard? reported that the chain had plans to tear down the former Braum’s building on West Central just west of West Street to build a new store and that it’s bringing a store to 47th Street South near South Clifton Avenue.

The chain actually is working on four stores, and a fifth is a possibility.

Jef Falling, vice president with Tulsa-based Stava Building, says he’s working on four Dollar General stores here.

“We hope to have the first two up by probably March 1,” Falling says.

That’s the West Central store and a new one coming to 1918 E. 13th St.

Those stores and the one on 47th Street South will be 9,000 square feet.

A fourth, on the northwest corner of 21st and Piatt, will be 10,600 square feet.

“It’s whatever can fit on the lot,” Falling says of the chain’s three prototype sizes. “That’s usually the way that works.”

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Nifty Kitchen, Chili’s and Dollar General all plan openings

WICHITA — Here’s this week’s quick look at a few addresses where new businesses are in the works.

– Peripatetic restaurateur Paul Fleming is working on another new restaurant.

Fleming has owned the Beacon, Cameron’s and most recently Clear Lakes Cafe, where Jimmy’s Egg moved near 21st and Amidon.

Now, he’s reopening Nifty Kitchen at 1815 S. Broadway. A previous owner closed the 24-hour family-style restaurant a couple of weeks back.

Fleming says he’s still working through a payment plan with the state on some tax issues he had at Clear Lakes.

His new restaurant seats about 75 compared to 150 at Clear Lakes.

“This is what I was really looking for anyway, a smaller place,” Fleming says. “I think I found it.”

– The new Chili’s going in the former corporate Chili’s space at Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich opens to the public at 11 a.m. Monday (which follows some preview events this weekend).

Dallas-based Muy Mucho Group is reopening the Chili’s, which corporate owner Brinker International, also in Dallas, closed in February 2009.

“We really feel like now’s the time,” says Justin Diers, who is the general manager of the new Chili’s.

He notes that there are two new hotels in the area in addition to other businesses.

This makes Muy Mucho’s 22nd Chili’s, including the other two in Wichita.

Diers says the revamped dining area is unlike any other Chili’s that diners will have seen.

He’s particularly proud of the to-go service customers can have without leaving their cars (thanks to a video camera).

“I’m passionate about service, so I’m going to do whatever it takes to make their life easier.”

Dollar General has plans to tear down the former Braum’s building on West Central just west of West Street to build a new store.

A spokeswoman says there’s not been a lease signed yet, so she can’t comment. The store is already working with the city on approval for some changes at the property, though.

The chain also is bringing a store to 47th Street South near South Clifton Avenue. The store is still a ways from being ready, so the company has no further details yet.

Dollar General to remain at 21st and Amidon

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An alert reader wonders if the new Dollar General store coming to 2990 W. 13th St. in Indian Hills means the one near 21st and Amidon is closing.

Good question.

“There are no plans to close that store,” says Emily Weiss, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee-based company.

There are 14 Dollar Generals in Wichita. The new store will probably be open by the end of summer.

Dollar General coming to Indian Hills

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The Indian Hills area is getting a new Dollar General store.

“It is a stand-alone store,” says Emily Weiss, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee-based company.

The address is 2990 W. 13th St., which is near 13th and St. Paul.

Weiss can’t say when the new store will open — construction just started — but she says, “We hope to have the store open by the end of summer.”

The store will be 9,014 square feet and sell a range of discount merchandise.

Weiss says Dollar General has a number of factors it looks at before opening a new location, such as demographic trends, traffic patterns and customer needs.

There are 14 Dollar Generals in Wichita.

Weiss doesn’t have any others to announce yet, but she says, “We’re always looking for opportunities to grow where it makes sense for us.”