Gaslamp Grille & Lounge future is uncertain

UPDATED — The fate of the Gaslamp Grille & Lounge has been in flux for a while, but its future became even more puzzling on Friday.

That’s when Gaslamp general manager Dave Jewett started letting people know the restaurant will be closing. Specifically, he was alerting musical acts that were scheduled to appear this weekend and on future dates.

Musicians who have played at the bar and restaurant, which is in the former Shadow space near Central and Rock, were informed they won’t be needed anymore.

Neither Jewett nor owner Whitney VinZant returned calls for comment. Nor did anyone answer or return a voicemail left at the restaurant, nor did Gaslamp’s marketing director return a call.

After Have You Heard? posted something online to say the restaurant would be closing, Jewett e-mailed to say it was open and would not be closing after business Friday.

When asked, via e-mail, why he was telling people the business is closing, Jewett didn’t reply.

Prior to the Gaslamp’s late 2010 opening, VinZant told The Eagle: “It’s going to be surprising to a lot of people. When we open, they’re going to see a side of dining they haven’t seen in Wichita.”

The business has struggled, though.

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that VinZant was in talks to possibly change the restaurant’s concept, which has been focused on more upscale dining. A dueling piano bar seemed to be in the running.

Whether that’s still a possibility or whether VinZant may do something else in the space isn’t clear.

We’ll keep you posted.


The Shadow to close next month

WICHITA — After June 19, Wichitans will no longer see their Shadow.
The 7-year-old bar near Central and Rock is closing.

“It’s definitely tough to step aside,” says general manager Mike Cline, whose mother, Diane, owns the bar.

“We have a couple of prospective buyers,” Mike Cline says.

If a sale doesn’t happen, the business will close.

“We just want to make sure people know that through June 19, it’s business as usual,” Cline says.

He says there are a lot of reasons the Shadow is closing.

“Business has been down,” Cline says. “It’s not the same as it used to be.”

The Shadow opened in the former Grape space after that owner declared bankruptcy.

Mike Cline says a lot has happened at the bar in the years since, including weddings, parties and fundraisers.

On its last weekend, the Shadow will host the Red White and Blues benefit for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters on June 18 and plans a big party for the final night on June 19.

“That will be a whole weekend of going out in style.”

You don’t say

“We thought giving blood would kind of make sense.”

Shadow general manager Mike Cline on the club’s Halloween vampire theme, which includes free admission Friday and Saturday if you donate blood at the Red Cross by Thursday

Remarkable Consignment to open at Central and Rock

WICHITA — The economy is keeping some people from opening new businesses, but Dooz Pankratz and Maureen Morrison say the time is right for their Remarkable Consignment, a new women’s clothing and furniture shop coming to Central and Rock on July 8.

“It’s remarkable items that have been remarked,” Pankratz says.

She’s the former director of marketing and business development for Legasus Group.

Morrison briefly was a family business advisor there.

She says Legasus “just was not a good fit.”

Morrison started thinking about a consignment shop when a friend of hers wanted to sell some furniture she’d had only a few years. She didn’t want to have a garage sale, so she hired an auction company.

“What if you had a consignment store that would take that kind of furniture?” Morrison thought.

She and Pankratz started talking.

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