Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria to debut Hopperoni Express food truck

WICHITA — Just as some food trucks in Wichita begin to establish permanent locations, some restaurants are expanding with food truck service.

The latest is the Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria, which will debut the Hopperoni Express in about a month.

“We’ve kind of become good friends with the Flying Stove guys,” co-owner Jeremy Horn says of the popular food truck. “Basically their success has kind of inspired us … to utilize that option as a growth plan.”

Horn says the truck will make lunchtime stops around the city.

“We want to hit basically the whole city.”

Initially, the truck will serve five types of pizzas at a time, rotating among the restaurant’s signature styles. The pizzas will be 10 inches instead of the restaurant’s standard 12-inch pizzas.

“We want to keep it sort of simple,” Horn says.

The truck also will go to events around the city. Horn says he’s still researching options.

“We want the thing running as much as possible.”

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“It’s not as scary as it sounds.”

Jeremy Horn of Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria in an e-mail about how he’s letting Facebook fans of his restaurant, which opens in early July, get their pictures taken in the pizza oven

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“I find it quite irritating that the clowns in Washington are continually talking about creating jobs but then actions hinder job creation.”

Jeremy Horn of Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria in an e-mail on how a government shutdown would delay the hiring of more than 20 people for his new restaurant at 13th and Tyler because federal employees who approve beer brewing wouldn’t be at work

Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria to open in former Play It Again Sports space

WICHITA — Around the time the weather is warming up and you want a cold beer, Jeremy Horn and Greg Gifford hope to be ready to serve you one.

The businessmen are opening Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria in the former Play It Again Sports space on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler.

Horn describes the business as a brewery that serves food.

“We want it to be a friendly, family-type of environment.”

There will be a wood-fired brick oven to make pizza and sandwiches.

There will be a small brewing system as well, with five or six year-round beers — such as Belgian ale and a wheat beer — along with four or five seasonal beers at a time.

Once a month, they’ll throw in a special release “just to kind of do something kind of crazy,” Horn says.

Horn is a money manager for an insurance company. Gifford is a real estate investor.

They’ll handle the promotional side of the business but hire an experienced manager to run the restaurant.

Ideally, they’d like to be open by April, but May is looking more likely.