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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Former O’Brien’s Irish Pub owners prepare to put new venture where Encore Restaurant and Nightclub was

WICHITA — Encore Restaurant and Nightclub proved to be a short-lived venture.

The business, which was in the former O’Brien’s Irish Pub space along East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin, lasted only a few months.

Owner Michael Todd couldn’t be reached for comment, but Charlie Badeen says he and David Allan are taking back the space.

It’s not clear what happened with Encore.

“I really couldn’t tell you,” Badeen says. “I have no idea.”

Nor is he sure what he and Allan will do with the space.

Is there a chance they’ll bring back O’Brien’s?

“Can’t answer that question. Don’t know.”

Badeen expects to make a decision in the next few days and says he’ll let us know as soon as he does.

He and Allan are also close to opening their new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town. Look for an opening date soon

Metro Grill III to open Friday

WICHITA — Metro Grill III opens Friday in the new Encore Restaurant and Nightclub next to Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.

Metro Grill owner Michael Gonzalez has entered into a partnership to sell some of his popular sandwiches and salads at the new club.

He’s particularly excited for customers who have been wanting to enjoy his food with a bottle of wine. Gonzalez says he’s frequently asked about that, but his location in Towne East Square’s food court doesn’t have it, nor does Metro Grill II in Andover, which he recently sold.

Gonzalez still hopes to sell sandwiches at other Wichita bars, which is a new venture he’s exploring, but he says he has to make sure everything runs smoothly at Encore first.

His food will be available for lunch and dinner.

Encore Restaurant and Nightclub and Metro Grill enter partnership to serve food

WICHITA — Since selling his Andover restaurant, Metro Grill owner Michael Gonzalez has been thinking of ways to expand his business, which started in Towne East Square.

“I can’t stay away from the kitchen, so here I go,” says Gonzalez, who has been making pitches to other area restaurants to carry his popular sandwiches.

“He was like, ‘Hey, I know this sounds kind of crazy, but I think I have the best food in town,’” says Encore Restaurant and Nightclub owner Michael Todd, who is one of the business owners Gonzalez made his pitch to.

“I just assumed it was another guy trying to make a dollar.”

Encore is in the former O’Brien’s Irish Pub space next to Scotch & Sirloin.

Gonzalez brought along his brother, Jose, for the pitch. Todd had two thoughts after meeting them.

“Either these are the best salesmen I’ve ever seen, or they have the best food.”

So he went to Towne East to check it out.

“Sure enough, they are the best salesmen and they have great food,” Todd says. “They’re so pumped. Their food isn’t just a product they made. It’s really from their heart.”

He quizzed people he knows about Metro Grill.

“It’s just nonstop love for the place. Not a bad remark for anything from there.”

So Todd is discontinuing most of his current menu, except for pizza, and adding eight Metro Grill sandwiches and two salads. He may expand the offerings eventually.

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Mulligan’s Pub and O’Brien’s Irish Pub to sell; O’Brien’s to be renamed

WICHITA — In July, Have You Heard? reported on how Charlie Badeen and David Allan are trying to cover all their bases around Wichita by opening the new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town.

The two already have Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill on the west side near 21st and Tyler, Mulligan’s Pub on the east side near 32nd Street North and Rock Road, and O’Brien’s Irish Pub along East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin.

Now, though, they’re selling Mulligan’s and O’Brien’s. It looks like the sale will allow them to focus on opening Joe’s in late October or early November and continue running Dudley’s.

Joe’s, which will be at 222 N. Washington, will be similar to Dudley’s. It’s known for its burgers, pizza and bar food. Joe’s also will offer some lighter fare for business lunches and dinners.

Brad Beyer, formerly of Mike’s Wine Dive, will be the manager and chef.

At O’Brien’s, Michael Todd and Andey Ast are taking over and renaming it Encore Restaurant and Nightclub.

Encore’s grand opening is Nov. 5.

Todd, who has been in construction since age 18, says he’s “just kind of tired of banging a hammer.”

He likes O’Brien’s location on East Kellogg, and he also likes the numbers he’s seen for the business.

“It seems like it’s a doable deal.”

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