Louie’s Grill & Bar closes at Cambridge Market; Baskin-Robbins fate still unclear

WICHITA — Louie’s Grill & Bar has closed.

A manager at the restaurant, which was at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road, confirms it has closed but won’t say anything more.

Cambridge Market’s Fred Hanley says he knew there was a possibility that the restaurant would be shutting down, but he didn’t realize it was closing until it did.

“I was surprised, too.”

No one with the Norman, Okla.-based Hal Smith Restaurant Group was immediately available to comment.

Also at Cambridge, Hanley says he’s still waiting to learn the fate of the Baskin-Robbins that franchisee David Cortez closed.

There’s a chance that the franchisor, Memphis-based Klinke Bros. Ice Cream, may reopen the business along with the west-side Baskin-Robbins near 21st and Maize Road. Hanley says he’s waiting to hear.

“I’m hoping that it reopens.”

Wichita’s Baskin-Robbins stores may or may not reopen

WICHITA — When David Cortez closed his west-side Baskin-Robbins for the winter, he said it was more economically feasible to temporarily close and then reopen this spring.

He’s now closed his east-side Baskin-Robbins as well, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be reopening either store. That doesn’t mean the Baskin-Robbins stores will stay out of business, though.

“We’re going to be …assessing where we go with them, whether we permanently close … or whether we reopen the stores,” says Louis Adams of Memphis-based Klinke Bros. Ice Cream, which is the area franchisor.

“We’re still just going through that,” Adams says.

He says he expects there will be a decision by late next week and will let us know.

Cortez didn’t return calls for comment.