Rage to convert to Boots & Buckles

WICHITA — He’s gone country, back to his roots.

Well, Pat Alvarez isn’t actually living out an Alan Jackson song, but he is converting his Old Town club Rage into a country bar.

“I decided to completely change the format,” says Alvarez, who also owns the Port of Wichita. “There’s no country in Old Town.”

Boots & Buckles will open May 30. Alvarez is calling it “Wichita’s premier saloon.”

“It’s not that Rage wasn’t working,” he says. “It’s just that we’re all doing the same music.”

Rage, which opened early this year, is closed as Alvarez gets ready for the conversion.

“We’re going to kind of country-nize it, I guess,” he says. “Beat it up a little bit.”

Alvarez says the space, which is at the former Club Liquid site at 235 N. Mosley, won’t change dramatically. The music will, though.

“The format is definitely going to be 100 percent country.”

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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Port of Wichita attracts attention from Maxim thanks to McConnell Air Force Base

WICHITA — Port of Wichita owner Scott Jones has always appreciated his military clientele, and now he has one more reason to thank them.

Maxim magazine has named his bar, which is at 1548 S. Webb not far from McConnell Air Force Base, one of the top military bars in the country.

Under the headline “Hard Corps Partying,” the magazine names a couple dozen bars popular with military personnel.

The “Pour of Duty” includes the Port because McConnell personnel “have been heading to this watering hole for 25 years to rock out to live music and kick back with cold beer.” Its pool tables, TVs and “awesome two-for-one burger special” get a mention, too.

The magazine called Jones, who has owned the bar for four years, about three times one day trying to reach him. When a bartender told him it was the magazine calling, Jones thought it was a joke.

“I was like, what the heck could that be for?” he says.

Jones, who served in the Navy from 1986 to 1991, doesn’t charge members of the military a cover for music.

“We just try to pass along some good will with military since we’re right in the neighborhood,” he says.

“The military gets a bad rap for being rowdy at the clubs,” Jones says. “I have absolutely no problems with my military clientele here. Matter of fact, they probably got us through the recession.”

They’re also who told Maxim about the Port.

“It was real neat that they got us recognized.”