Orange Leaf to open at Westlake center at 119th West and Maple

WICHITA — And now for the weekly yogurt update.

Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt franchisee Jeff Finnell is planning to open a new store this summer at 119th West and Maple between Shorty Small’s and Felipe’s  Mexican Restaurant, which is on the east end of WestLake. That’s also where Kanai anchors the northwest side.

“We just saw that as a great destination spot and a great spot to add a dessert location,” Finnell says.

Bradley Tidemann and Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

There’s been a spate of yogurt places opening around the greater Wichita area, but Finnell was one of the first when he opened an Orange Leaf at the retail center at 21st and Tyler in front of the Warren Theatre last summer.

There’s a second Orange Leaf franchisee in the market as well.

The newest Orange Leaf, which will be in 1,600 square feet, will be the area’s fourth.

Finnell thinks this should do it for him in Wichita.

“I would think we pretty well got it covered.”

Kanai sushi restaurant to open at 119th and Maple

sushiWICHITA — Restaurateur Penny Ellis says she knows we’ve heard it before, but, “We really feel like we’re going to have a new concept.”

She and her husband, Chris, and his brother, Curtis, are opening Kanai, a Japanese restaurant with a tagline that says, “Sushi and Sake to Savor.”

It’ll be near Shorty Small’s on the southwest corner of 119th and Maple.

The Ellises have not owned restaurants previously.

“We haven’t,” Penny Ellis says. “Are we crazy?”

She owns Pet Angel Memorial Center. Chris Ellis is in material handling for ESI. And Curtis Ellis owns Therapeutic Medical Supply.

Penny Ellis says they wouldn’t be opening the restaurant without their chef, David Kanai, for whom the business is named.

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