Notice to vacate is all that’s left from a Lone Star Business Solutions dispute at the Wichita Executive Centre

WICHITA — Late last year, Have You Heard? reported that Lone Star Business Solutions would be leaving Wichita this summer.

The company was part of the Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, which in late 2006 bought the group of restaurants that Wichita’s Jamie Coulter once owned.

Lone Star Business Solutions is now gone, but there’s still a notice to vacate on the door to its former 16,000-square-foot office on the 13th floor of the Wichita Executive Centre.

That’s the Real Development property at 125 N. Market that’s gotten attention recently for air conditioning and other maintenance issues.

“Initially, there was a dispute as to the amount owed for the early termination,” says Real Development’s Michael Elzufon.

The notice says the company owed almost $55,000 for May and June rent plus interest.

“We worked through it and made the resolution,” Elzufon says. “Everybody shook hands. That’s it. We’re done.”

He says the issue was a bigger deal than it might have been because of the work his company did to renovate the space for Lone Star.

“It was a very significant investment on our part,” he says. “We were certainly . . . hoping they were a long-term tenant.”

Elzufon says the company’s move had nothing to do with issues at the building.

“It was an unfortunate setback not unlike the whole economy and a number of other fun things that have come our way in the last couple of years.”

Jamie Coulter sues Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon

WICHITA — Former Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon CEO Jamie Coulter and his wife, Kimberly, have filed a lawsuit against the company and its related corporations along with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in an effort to keep insurance coverage for their family.

Larry Reynolds, whom the suit refers to as having been “a valued provider of professional services to Lone Star,” and his wife, Susan, also are plaintiffs.

According to the lawsuit, here’s what’s at issue:

In 2001, Lone Star’s board passed a resolution to provide lifetime medical, prescription, health, dental, life and AD&D insurance for Coulter and his spouse and dependent children at levels comparable to what they’d been receiving along with reimbursements for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for noninsured medical costs.

The suit says Lone Star also contracted to provide lifetime health insurance coverage for the Reynolds family.

Last year, Coulter was notified his benefits would end Dec. 31, 2010.

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IRS files tax lien against Del Friscos of New York

WICHITA — There was a federal tax lien filed in Wichita earlier this month for more than $56,000 against Del Friscos of New York, which is part of Lone Star Funds.

No one with the company will speak for attribution, but here’s apparently what happened:

The lien relates to late and misapplied payroll tax deposits from 2008.

Del Friscos has been working with the IRS and came to a resolution earlier this year which resulted in an agreement for the company to pay $11,000 to the IRS by January.

It looks like something related to the resolution may have caused the information about the lien to be reentered and refiled.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Lone Star Business Solutions, which is part of Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, is leaving Wichita next year.

It’s the last link to the group of restaurants that Wichita’s Jamie Coulter once owned.

Lone Star Business Solutions to close, leaving no Lone Star offices in Wichita

UPDATED — As of mid next year, there will no longer be any Lone Star operations in Wichita.

“There was a decision to wind down . . . the management offices here in Wichita,” says Jan Dietrich, chief operating officer of Lone Star Business Solutions.

That office is part of the Dallas-based Lone Star Funds, which in late 2006 bought the group of restaurants that Wichita’s Jamie Coulter once owned.

Lone Star Funds is a global investment firm that happens to share the name of the restaurant group’s flagship business.

The group’s restaurants include Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Texas Land & Cattle Steak House, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.

Management at those restaurants made the decision to outsource the services Lone Star Business Services has been providing, which includes handling payroll, accounting and human resource functions.

Last year, Lone Star Funds moved the restaurant management offices from Wichita to its Dallas headquarters.

Lone Star Business Solutions remained in Wichita at the Wichita Executive Centre at 125 N. Market.

Now, its services will be handled by InfoSync Services in Wichita.

“After careful consideration, it was determined that this was the best decision given the company’s efforts to streamline operations . . . and invest in other aspects of the ongoing business — that being the actual restaurant concepts,” Dietrich says.

“We’re optimistic that InfoSync will have an opportunity to look at hiring some of our people that are being impacted by this decision.”

That’s about 50 people.

“We regret the impact to the employees,” Dietrich says. “There’s a lot of good, long-term, dedicated employees, and they’ve worked hard.”

Coulter Properties applies for rezoning where Plaid Giraffe may expand

WICHITA — Coulter Properties has applied for a zoning change near the Plaid Giraffe at 302 N. Rock Road.

Jamie Coulter owns the building and the store.

Dru Coulson, who manages the property, says there is a small vacant area in the building that is zoned limited commercial but is surrounded by general office zoning.

Plaid Giraffe may like to expand into the space and add onto it.

“You can’t do retail in a general office zoning,” Coulson says.

So that’s necessitating the zoning change.

Coulson says it’s also a possibility that Eric Fisher could expand his salon into part of that space. Or, a new tenant could locate there.

“It’s nothing in stone,” Coulson says.

The Plaid Giraffe expansion is likely, though.

“You know, I think probably before the end of the year, before holiday season,” Coulson says. “That’s what we’ve kicked around.”