Sugar Sister Kelli Sykes to reopen Sugar Sisters Bakery in Delano

WICHITA — The Sugar Sisters are back.

Kelli Sykes is reopening Sugar Sisters Bakery, this time in Delano, with a little behind-the-scenes help from her sisters Kristine and Katie.

The sisters closed their original Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe near Central and Oliver in January after struggling financially and with service issues for three years.

“I learned from our mistakes the first time,” Kelli Sykes says.

“My sisters kind of gave up (and) wanted to pursue their dreams, but I still wanted to do a bakery,” she says.

“In high school I went to Kapaun, and everyone called me Betty Crocker (and) Mom. They all wanted me to open a bakery. That’s kind of where my dream started.”

The new business will be in 1,200 square feet at 917 W. Douglas just down from Club Billiards.

Joey Ritchie and Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Sugar Sisters mainly will be a bakery but will have some lunch items as well and seating for about 10.

Sykes says her bierocks will be a staple.

“Anyone who’s had them has been instantly addicted.”

She’ll also serve chicken salad, quiche and some deli items such as cold pasta.

Since the other business closed, Sykes says she’s been doing special orders and has been receiving great feedback.

For instance, one drug rep orders about 100 cupcakes a week.

“She says every time she takes them somewhere people go crazy,” Sykes says. She says fans of the restaurant have “been going nuts since we closed.”

For those who weren’t fans or were disappointed by a previous experience, Sykes says, “I would invite them to give me another chance.”

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Sugar Sisters needs more dough

sugarsisThe year-old Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe has fallen behind on its state and federal taxes, but co-owner Katie Sykes says, “We’re not in any jeopardy of shutting down or anything.”

The restaurant, which is at Central and Oliver, owes about $10,000 to the state and another several thousand to the federal government.

Patty Sykes, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband and three daughters, says they’re “just trying to get caught up.”

“We’ve got a good, steady, loyal clientele,” she says. “We just need to build on it.”

Business dropped about 30 percent starting in August due to the economy, Patty Sykes says.

“A lot of people just quit going out to eat,” she says. “It’s slowly trending back up.”

The family is looking for ways to diversify. For instance, Sugar Sisters now sells cookie dough to go and soon will begin offering take-and-bake entrees.

“We need to look for new sources of revenue,” Patty Sykes says.

But she says surviving isn’t strictly up to her or other business owners.

“If you want local businesses to survive, you have to support them.”