District Taqueria, an ‘urban taco bar,’ to open near Douglas and Washington

WICHITA — Builder’s Inc. broker Adam Clements was reading Have You Heard? in January when he saw the news that Jon’s Ale House near Douglas and Washington was closing.

“I got a lightbulb as soon as I read that,” he says.

His clients Michael Farha and Marc Humsi have “been looking for a good Douglas location for a long time.”

The two now plan to open District Taqueria in the 3,000-square-foot space, which some people remember best as Kelly’s Irish Pub.

Clements describes District Taqueria as “an urban taco bar.”

“The focus is going to be on the taco,” Farha says. “In Mexico, that’s the true food of choice, and we’re just kind of taking it to the next level.”

Farha works for his family’s Farha’s Carpet & Building Supply. He used to have the Food Group to do catering.

“I wanted to open a restaurant, so I just kind of let that fizzle out,” Farha says.

Humsi is from Syracuse.

“His mother is a Farha,” Farha says. “Technically, he’s a very distant cousin.”

The two met when Humsi moved here and some other cousins introduced them.

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Jon’s Ale House to close

WICHITA — A year after opening, Jon’s Ale House is closing.

Anthony Lynch opened the bar downtown in the former Kelly’s Irish Pub space at 917 E. Douglas, which is next to the Beacon restaurant. He named it for his late friend Jon Pine.

Lynch won’t discuss why the bar is closing other than to say it didn’t work.

When the bar closes at midnight tonight, it will be closed for good.

Jon’s Ale House to open in former Kelly’s Irish Pub space downtown

UPDATED — A new bar is going in the former Kelly’s Irish Pub space at 917 E. Douglas.

Anthony Lynch is opening Jon’s Ale House, which is named for his late friend Jon Pine.

“He basically got us into drinking different types of beers,” Lynch says of himself and general manager Damon Coleman, Pine’s cousin.

“He enjoyed beer.”

Lynch says he used to drink Bud Light before Pine introduced him to a variety of other beers, which is what he says is now inspiring his business.

“That’s the whole concept of the bar,” he says. “We’re going to have a diversity of beers.”

Lynch expects to have more than 120 kinds of beer along with a limited food selection of mostly sandwiches and hot dogs. He says that could grow over time.

There will be a variety of music, including live bands and a DJ one night a week.

Lynch says he’s hoping to have Jon’s Ale House open by early January.

He thinks Pine would approve.

“He would love it. He would be there every day.”

Kelly’s Irish Pub closes

WICHITA — Kelly’s Irish Pub is closed after more than a decade in business.

Kevin Tomlin opened the bar at 917 E. Douglas in 2001.

Tomlin, who couldn’t be reached for comment, closed the bar a couple of weeks ago but officially turned over the space to the landlord last week.

The 1912 building originally was a grain elevator that the Kelly family operated.

A number of parties have expressed interest in reopening a bar there.

If you’re interested in the space, call Danielle Reazin at 316-201-1840.