Citizens Bank of Kansas opens new office

WICHITA — Jane Deterding, chairman of her family’s Citizens Bank of Kansas, has a new office. Depending on who she’s talking to, Deterding refers to the office in one of a few ways.

Though it’s technically an executive office for Deterding and her brother-in-law, CEO Mark Keeny, Deterding doesn’t like to refer to it as such.

“We’re not executive office kind of people,” she said. “It sounds a little hoity-toity.”

The 1,700-square-foot space is at 417 S. 119th St. West, which is behind the center where Kanai and Twelve Restaurant are.

“The working title became the Bat Cave, which I love but sounds a little awkward,” Deterding says.

The Dugout was in the running, too.

“The one we settled on was the West Wing.”

She still lapses into calling it the Bat Cave in certain company, though.

Deterding had been working out of the Citizens Bank at 13th and Tyler.

Keeny divides his time between Wichita and Kingman.

“Mark and I were doing, as we should, more future planning, developing and strategizing and not lending, and we need space for lenders,” Deterding says.

She and Keeny will be at the new office along with an executive assistant.

Foulston Construction did the build out.

Deterding says there’s one as-of-yet unclaimed office and a nice conference room.

“In March, we’ll have the TV on for basketball,” she says. Deterding says she doesn’t mind if others – meaning nonexecutives and nonbank employees – come and watch, too.

“Sure.”

RCF Investments, a family entity, owns the building. The bank will rent from RCF, which is a subsidiary of Rock Chalk Farms Inc. That’s farming land the family has in Reno County.

Deterding says she likes that restaurants such as Twelve are just around the corner for happy hour.

“You know, until we get our own bar set up.”

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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