Jeff Ablah leaves Rowley Snyder Ablah


WICHITA — As its second anniversary approaches, Rowley Snyder Ablah will celebrate without one of its founding principals.

Jeff Ablah has returned to his father George Ablah’s real estate firm, Ablah Enterprises.

“They asked him if he wanted to come back over there and help them with the huge volume of projects,” Bruce Rowley says.

He says the departure doesn’t mean the relationship — personally or professionally — didn’t work with Ablah.

“You know, it worked great,” Rowley says. “Jeff’s walking out on a high note.”

Ablah is selling his stake in the agency, but he says he’ll still support it.

“I’m going to continue to be an ambassador and a consultant.”

Rowley says the agency “had a stellar first year.”

“The first year was crazy wild,” he says. “The second year, certainly, we’ve had some turnover of staff. … People who couldn’t or didn’t feel like keeping up. … It certainly is a high-turnover business anyway.”

Rowley says the agency, which has 15 employees including the principals, is doing well, though.

“We’ve had actually great growth in our second year. A lot of that has been attributed to Jeff. The partnership, having three (principals), has been phenomenal.”

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Jay Ablah to open first Coffee Bug, a potential franchise, on North Rock Road

WICHITA — Anyone with a coffee addiction understands the all-consuming desire for the drink, and now Jay Ablah hopes to capitalize on that with a new business called the Coffee Bug.

“The coffee bug is that itch, that urge you’ve got for that cup of coffee,” he says.

His first Coffee Bug will be in front of his and his father George Ablah’s office at 3101 N. Rock Road.

That’s between Jimmie’s Diner and where the new Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits is opening in the former Taco Tico space.

“It’s somewhere between a Starbucks and a Scooter’s,” Ablah says of the concept.

He’s been conducting focus groups to see what people might want.

This Coffee Bug will be similar to Scooter’s in that it mainly will be a drive-through, though it will have a few outdoor seats.

Ablah already is working on a second east-side site, which is even further east, and that Coffee Bug will have indoor seating.

The concept will include some food items, which Ablah says a team is still working on, along with coffee, lattes, espresso and smoothies.

“We’re working hard to come up with some designer coffees that aren’t … as sharp tasting,” he says.

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Jimmie’s Diner to replace Toc’s Coffeehouse

Joe Davidson (left) with his parents, Linda and Jack Davidson, who are turning Toc's Coffeehouse into a Jimmie's Diner.

WICHITA — A new restaurant is opening where Toc’s Coffeehouse closed this spring.

“We’re going to remodel it and open it as a Jimmie’s Diner,” says owner Jack Davidson.

Davidson and his wife, Linda, purchased Jimmie’s at 3111 N. Rock Road in 2007.

“We want to continue to … take this legendary store and spread it out to more than one location,” Jack Davidson says.

Jimmie’s “was one of the first things on North Rock Road back in 1987,” he says. “As a matter of fact, it sat out here all by itself on a two-lane road.”

The history of Jimmie’s, Kings-X Diner – the restaurant at 21st and Amidon the Davidsons also bought in 2007 – and Toc’s goes back even farther.

“We have a direct line back to White Castle in Wichita,” Davidson says.

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