Expanded Hana Cafe to open Thursday

WICHITA — It’s a month later than she planned, but Eunice Kim is happy to say her newly expanded Hana Cafe in Old Town Square is opening Thursday.

The new portion of the restaurant opened Monday in the former Picture Framing & More space, but the previous Hana space has been under construction since then.

That part of the restaurant will close again briefly early next week to have its floors redone, but it should be back open quickly.

Kim doubled her space and has added sushi and sake bars.

Though she’s disappointed by construction delays, Kim is happy with how the new space turned out.

“It’s very nice.”

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“I just feel like I have to be the one to stand up and say, ‘Look at me. Retail does work in Old Town.’ ”

Gary Gregory, owner of the 15-year-old First Gear shoe store in Old Town, who disagrees with Picture Framing & More owner Brett Osburn on the success of retail business in that area

Hana Cafe to double in size and add sake and sushi bars

WICHITA — Picture Framing & More is leaving Old Town Square because of a lack of business, but next-door neighbor Hana Cafe is expanding into that space because its business is doing so well.

Since 13-year-old Hana Cafe moved from 306 N. Rock Road to Old Town four years ago, business has tripled says Eunice Kim, who owns the business with her husband, Jay.

During that time, the popularity of sushi, which is only part of what Hana sells, seems to have grown.

“Every single table has sushi,” Eunice Kim says.

Old Town is attracting more diners as well.

Now, the Kims want to capitalize on the sushi craze and the trend of young people who enjoy partying with music, sushi and sake in the evenings.

The Kims plan to completely remodel their 1,500 square feet and the similarly sized frame shop, which will close at the end of June.

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Picture Framing & More to close in Old Town Square

WICHITA — Brett Osburn is closing his Picture Framing & More in Old Town Square after almost six years in business, but he’s not blaming the economy.

“The economy is definitely not helping out,” he says.

The bigger problem, Osburn says, is Old Town.

His business has “never been what I hoped for.”

The store’s average ticket is good, Osburn says, but he doesn’t see enough customers.

“That’s been the No. 1 problem since Day 1,” he says.

“I don’t get the sense that people out east (or) out west are coming down.”

Even though Old Town boasts a number of unique businesses, Osburn says, he’s not sure most Wichitans even know they’re there.

“I don’t think a lot of Wichitans are using the area or even know what’s down here,” he says.

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