New bars and restaurants opening on east, west sides and downtown

WICHITA — There are several new bar and restaurant deals in the works.

Not unexpectedly, Charlie Badeen and David Allan have decided to reopen their O’Brien’s Irish Pub on East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin.

They closed it last year, and the short-lived Encore Restaurant and Nightclub took its place.

Earlier this month, Badeen told Have You Heard? he and Allan were considering various options for the space, including reopening O’Brien’s.

They originally closed because they were opening the new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town, plus they already had Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill on the west side and Mulligan’s Pub out east.

They’ve since sold Mulligan’s, and they’re ready to open Joe’s in the next week or two.

Badeen says O’Brien’s should open by the end of March.

“Basically everything’s going to be about the same.”

There’s another deal in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown near Intrust Bank Arena.

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Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill opens today

WICHITA — The new Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill opens today at 5 p.m. in the former El Gaucho Steakhouse space near 21st and Tyler.

Mulligan’s Pub and O’Brien’s Irish Pub owners Charlie Badeen and David Allan are opening the new business, which will be similar to Mulligan’s and O’Brien’s.

Starting Tuesday, hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

West-side O’Brien’s to open under a new name

WICHITA — A new bar and restaurant is coming to the west side where El Gaucho Steakhouse used to be near 21st and Tyler.

It’ll be called either Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill or Dudlee’s Sports Bar and Grill.

“We don’t know which way it’s going to be, so take your pick,” says Charlie Badeen, who is opening the business with David Allan.

The two also own Mulligan’s Pub on North Rock and O’Brien’s Irish Pub near Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.

“It’s almost identical to O’Brien’s,” Badeen says of the new place.

There will be a bar, lots of high-top tables and other seating, three pool tables, electronic games, dart boards and 15 plasma TVs in the 4,500-square-foot space.

“We’re going to push the NFL package out there,” Badeen says.

They’ll also offer hamburgers, which is a first for them, and fresh French fries, onion rings and deep fried green beans along with other traditional bar fare.

There are several reasons Badeen and Allan like the new location.

First, Badeen says, they don’t have to spend much to open since a restaurant had been in the space (El Gaucho closed earlier this year after continuing to struggle financially since filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy last fall).

Also, they think the area is easy to get in and out of.

“We looked at 21st and Maize Road, and we just thought that was way too congested out there,” Badeen says.

The fate of the life-size horse sculpture outside the entrance is up in the air. Badeen hopes he can keep it and hang a Dudley’s/Dudlee’s sign on it. He expects to know soon.

“I’ll tell you a week from Friday.”