WICHITA — Players Sports Bar & Grill owner David Chaffin is now ready to talk about his plans to convert to Brooklyn Chophouse and Brew Tavern.
Have You Heard? broke the news about Chaffin’s plans for his West 21st Street business last week, but he wasn’t yet ready to discuss them.
“It’s been on the back burner for five years,” Chaffin says of the changes.
The main change is a menu upgrade, and Chaffin says that necessitates a name change.
“If I do that, and I called it Players, it’s a tough sell,” he says. “It really is.”
Now, almost all the meat he’ll serve will be choice grade, and he’s eliminating what he calls junk food — such as a plate of fried appetizers — from the menu.
“It’s not that we were ashamed of Players food,” Chaffin says. “But we had food that reflected Players Bar and Grill.”
He adds, though, “Anything that’s great about Players we’re keeping.”
He chose the Brooklyn name because he was going for a New York feel, with what he calls New York kind of steaks and deli sandwiches.
“Bronx didn’t sound right,” Chaffin says.