Rage to open in former Club Liquid space

Wendy and Pat Alvarez in front of the future home of Rage in Old Town.

Wendy and Pat Alvarez in front of the future home of Rage in Old Town.

WICHITA — New Port of Wichita owner Pat Alvarez is working on a second bar, this time in Old Town.

Alvarez is opening Rage in the former Club Liquid space at 235 N. Mosley. He doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea with the bar’s name.

“I didn’t want to have a long, drawn-out name,” Alvarez says. “I just wanted one word that maybe screamed good time or party or fun, but not out of control.”

He says he’s going to “try to clean out that reputation (the bar) used to have.”

“I’m trying to draw an older crowd to downtown,” Alvarez says. “It’s going to be real clean cut.”

Unlike the Port where he went “with a real sexy theme” that includes an all-female, midriff-baring staff, Rage will be a little more tame.

“We’re not going to have … the girls in the risque clothes,” Alvarez says. “I just don’t think that Old Town is the place for that.”

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Port of Wichita to reopen in August

WICHITA — Pat Alvarez of Alvarez Construction & Floor Covering was eating dinner one night at Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant near Harry and Webb Road and looked over at the closed Port of Wichita bar.

“I said, ‘I’m going to open that bar,’” he says.

He says he’s always wanted to open a sports bar and saw his chance.

Since then, he purchased the more than 30-year-old business, gutted it and is preparing for an August opening. The grand opening is August 10 with a performance by Annie Up, and Alvarez says he’ll have a soft opening before that.

“We’re going with a real sexy theme,” he says. “Beautiful ladies.”

Alvarez says he’ll have a female-only wait staff similar to a couple of other restaurants in Wichita, though he says outfits won’t be quite as revealing.

“I’m married to a good, Christian woman,” he says. “I’ve got to keep it clean.”

The Port, which is at 1548 S. Webb Road, closed in May.

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