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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Citizens Bank of Kansas sues Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe for defaulting on SBA loan

WICHITA — Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe has defaulted on a $165,000 SBA loan, and the future of the restaurant is in question.

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which administered the loan, has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant to collect the money.

Sisters Kristine, Katie and Kelli Sykes opened the business near Central and Oliver with their mother, Patty Sykes, in spring 2008.

Court documents show they still owe more than $125,000 on their note.

“We got behind on the loan,” Katie Sykes says. “We got, like, two weeks behind pretty much.”

She adds, “There was a little bit of . . . lack of communication.”

Sykes won’t elaborate.

She says everything has been taken care of.

“Since it’s been undone, there’s really nothing to talk about,” Sykes says.

That’s not what court documents show.

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