Domino’s Pizza franchisees expand in Wichita, Derby and Hutchinson

WICHITA — Domino’s Pizza franchisees Mike and Stacia McKnight, who own Gusto LLC, are expanding in several ways.

Last week, they opened a Derby location in the strip center in front of Target at Derby Marketplace at 71st South and Rock Road. That’s the same center as the Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

Late this month, the McKnights are opening another location in Wichita in the same center as Yamasa, which is on the west side of Hillside just south of Central.

This makes six restaurants for the couple in the Wichita area.

Also late this month, the McKnights are opening a Hutchinson Domino’s at 2500 N. Main.

They also own three Domino’s sites in Topeka and seven in Kansas City with one more on the way yet this year.

Mike McKnight says he and his wife likely will open two more locations in Wichita in the second and third quarters of next year. They’re looking to the far east and far west of the greater Wichita area.

“It just depends when we find the locations we like.”

Domino’s and Bella Vita Bistro expand, Fazoli’s remodels and enhances service

WICHITA — Wichita is serving up quite a bit of restaurant news this week in addition to the Timberline and Jose Pepper’s news:

Domino’s Pizza franchisees Mike and Stacia McKnight are preparing to open their third Wichita restaurant.

They already have Domino’s sites near 21st and Maize Road and Harry and Rock Road.

Their next one is opening in the former Quiznos space near 21st and Amidon in October.

Mike McKnight says it gives the chain coverage on the north side and a bit into downtown.

He and his wife, who have three Domino’s sites in Topeka and six in Kansas City, plan three or four more Domino’s restaurants here within the next year or two.

Bella Vita Bistro is expanding at 120 N. West St. where it opened in early 2010.

“We have to,” says Lory Wooley. “We have too many customers.”

Wooley runs the restaurant with her daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Adrian Prud Homme DeLodder.

They’re doubling their restaurant size for a total of 2,400 square feet and adding a bar. They’ll also now have space for private parties when renovation is complete in December.

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Domino’s Pizza to stay in business in Wichita

WICHITA — Domino’s Pizza owner Jim Hightower, who couldn’t be reached for comment last week to discuss his company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, wants customers to know he’s keeping his two restaurants open.

“For legal reasons, we had to file for the reorganization,” Hightower says.
He says the bankruptcy is “almost exclusively (due) to the debts that were incurred by the two stores that we closed.”

The Domino’s Pizzas at 21st and Woodlawn and Kellogg and West closed last year.

The bankruptcy filing lists assets of $169,883.47 and debts of $963,975.12.

Hightower says the Domino’s restaurants at Harry and Rock and Central and Tyler remain open.

“We’re not closing and not going anywhere.”