You don’t say

“I want them removed.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partner Scott Redler’s teasing reaction at a Thursday party when a guest wondered where he got the custard for the Tumbleweeds he was making

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.”

Panera Bread isn’t coming to Andover yet

WICHITA — Andover residents often wish for more restaurants in their backyard, and Panera Bread is tops on that list for some.

Is there a chance it’ll happen?

“I suspect it’ll be as soon as they have a daytime population,” says Panera franchisee Randy Simon.

Simon says a Panera needs to see 800 people a day “in order to be economical at all.”

“If you go into areas that don’t have much daytime population, it is very difficult to try to survive.”

The problem with Andover, Simon says, is so many residents drive to Wichita for work.

“We do 85 percent of our business between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Simon says.

Andover residents shouldn’t give up hope, though.

“I continue to talk to people out there,” Simon says.

Simon is working with his Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partners — his brother, Bill, and Scott Redler — on two new Kansas City area restaurants.

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Two new tenants to move into the Warren Travel building on East Central

WICHITA — As Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers prepares to move its corporate office into the building at 260 N. Rock Road, some current tenants there have to prepare to move out.

Several — but not all — of the professionals in the building are moving nearby to either 250 or 240 N. Rock Road.

Robin Siefkin and James Miller’s ACM Removal is moving a bit farther.

The company, which removes asbestos and mold, is moving to the Warren Travel building at 5900 E. Central.

Siefkin says there’s good and bad with the move.

“Well, it’s very stressful (to) try to keep everything rolling,” he says of working and moving.

However, it may help his waistline.

“Like my wife says, I ate too many Freddy’s steakburgers.”

Siefkin says the new site makes sense in part because of the number of trucks his company has, which is an issue on Rock Road.

“It’s kind of hectic.”

Siefkin also likes his landlords at Warren Travel, which is still in the building.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is getting a new corporate office

WICHITA — Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is getting a new corporate office at 260 N. Rock Road, which is conveniently located across the parking lot from the Freddy’s restaurant at 310 N. Rock Road.
“I obviously was cheering for this one,” says Freddy’s partner Randy Simon, whose Panera Bread office shares the same lot as well.

The Freddy’s partners, who include Scott Redler and Simon’s brother Bill, have been leasing about 3,500 square feet at 1445 N. Rock Road.

Now, they own the 18,000-square-foot building at 260 N. Rock Road, of which they’ll use 6,000 square feet on the upper level.

“With our expansions – we just opened our 74th restaurant – and in our current location we’re busting at the seams,” Redler says.

The chain’s 75th restaurant opens this week. There are eight corporate stores out of the 75. The rest are franchises.

Redler says they want to make sure to keep ahead on resources for franchisees. The company has six franchise business coaches and is looking to add a couple of more.

“We just want to have the right space to do it right,” he says.

Remodeling will start in a month. The new space should be ready to move into by the end of the year.
“This should cover us for a lot of years,” Redler says.

Another 15 to 18 Freddy’s restaurants will open this year. That includes a third one in Kansas City at the end of September near West 119th Street and Blackbob. Three more Kansas City area restaurants are in various stages of development, including one near West 107th Street and Roe Avenue in Overland Park that also should open by the end of the year.

Redler says there likely will be a celebration to mark the 100th restaurant, but there’s not one for the 75th this week.

“It’s just kind of another day.”

 

You don’t say

“I finally passed by Chic Fil A and there were only a half a dozen cars in the drive. Of course it was Sunday and they were closed.”

– An e-mail from Randy Simon, who owns a Freddy’s and Panera on Rock Road, on the always-crowded new Chick-fil-A at Central and Rock

 

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich boosts Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opening with last meal on the outside

UPDATED — The Chick-fil-A opening at Central and Rock may be huge news here today, but the new Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Littleton, Colo., has unintentionally pulled off the best opening-week publicity stunt.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ate his final meal there before heading for a 14-year prison stay following corruption convictions. Federal Correctional Institution Englewood is a couple of miles from Freddy’s.

“I’m not sure if he had a Chicago dog,” says Freddy’s partner Scott Redler. “That’s the big question.”

Actually, Blagojevich had the patty melt.

There was something of an impromptu press conference with Blagojevich as reporters gathered around him as he dined. Redler says helicopters circled overhead.

It’s not clear if media ate, too.

A number of national media outlets reported where Blagojevich ate or shot pictures of him at the restaurant.

“I hope he has the logo on his Freddy’s cup facing out,” Redler says.

Even Redler is a bit surprised that of all the restaurants where Blagojevich could eat his final meal on the outside, he chose Freddy’s, though he thinks it’s a great testimonial.

It might lead to a new strategy for the Wichita-based chain.

“We think prisons are really our new target market,” Redler says, joking. “Have a last meal at Freddy’s.”

 

 

 

 

You don’t say

“I told them I’d do it a second time and pocket the cash.”

Freddy’s co-owner Scott Redler, joking about his offer of dinner for eight that raised $3,750 at the Butler Community College auction Friday (which raised more than $165,000)

You don’t say

“In the winter time when it’s cold and windy, I prefer the restaurant openings in Phoenix, Arizona, versus Monument, Colorado.”

Scott Redler on two of the places he’s recently opened a Freddys Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Construction set to begin on Panera Bread, Olive Garden and Papa Murphy’s at Derby Marketplace

WICHITA — It was back in January that Have You Heard? first reported that Panera Bread franchisee Randy Simon was in negotiations to open a Panera in front of the Dillons Marketplace at Derby Marketplace at 71st and Rock Road.

The Derby City Council approved the deal last week, and construction is set to begin.

Simon plans a fall opening for the restaurant, which will have a drive-through. This is the 32nd cafe for his Original Bread and the first to feature a drive-through.

Later this month, Simon says he plans to finalize a deal in Sedalia, Mo., for another Panera with a drive-through. That’s also where a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers franchisee plans a Freddy’s next door.

The Panera that opened earlier this year on Ridge Road next to the Freddy’s that Simon co-owns had the highest volume opening of all of Simon’s Wichita Paneras.

Back in Derby, there are a couple of other new restaurants that will open near the new Panera.

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