Sit @ Thai Express reopens

WICHITA — Sit @ Thai Express is back open.

The restaurant, which is in the former Taco Shop space on Central near Oliver, closed last month due to what owner Nikki Phumsawarng called management problems.

She says she has now bought out a partner and has made some changes.

Phumsawarng also has Sit @ Thai Bistro on 21st Street near Ridge Road. That restaurant, which is larger than the Express version, opened in 2009.

Next week, Phumsawarng plans to open a drive-through at the Express restaurant.

She’s also adding new items to her menu, and everything will be made fresh to order.

That means ready-made meals at the counter will no longer be available.

“The whole concept has changed,” Phumsawarng says.

“It’s very interesting now.”

Sit @ Thai Express closes

WICHITA — Sit @ Thai Express in the former Taco Shop space on Central near Oliver has closed.

Owner Nikki Phumsawarng says there were internal management problems.

“They cannot improve for me . . . so we decided to close.”

Phumsawarng still has Sit @ Thai Bistro on 21st Street near Ridge Road. That restaurant, which is larger than the Express version, opened in 2009.

Phumsawarng hopes to open another restaurant concept and is looking for new space.

Sit @ Thai Express opens today

WICHITA — Sit @ Thai Bistro owner Nikki Phumsawarng is opening her second restaurant today.

Sit @ Thai Express is in the former Taco Shop space on Central near Oliver.

Phumsawarng opened her first restaurant in 2009 on 21st Street near Ridge Road.

The new one will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Sundays when it will be closed.

The mostly take-out restaurant also will have seating for about 20 inside.

A patio will open next week, and Phumsawarng says a drive-through is her next project after that.

Sit @ Thai Bistro owner to open a second restaurant near Central and Oliver

WICHITA — Sit @ Thai Bistro owner Nikki Phumsawarng is opening a second restaurant.

Phumsawarng opened her first Wichita restaurant in 2009 on 21st St. near Ridge Road.

Her new restaurant will be in the former Taco Shop space on Central near Oliver.

Phumsawarng says she’s still working on the concept, and the name, but it will be Thai food in a modern decor.

Since there’s a drive-through at the building, she’s considering names like Sit @ Thai Express or Sit @ Thai To Go.

The restaurant will be able to seat about 25 for lunch and dinner.

Phumsawarng also is adding a small patio.

Don Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Phumsawarng was inspired to open the new restaurant in part by all the people who travel from the east side to her current restaurant.

Many times, she says, she’s been told, “Hey, you have to open on the east side.”

Phumsawarng also was surprised people would drive across town to eat her food. She thinks that support will help her new venture be successful.

“It should be a good one.”

New commercial development coming to 21st and Maize Road

WICHITA — There’s a new development coming near the southwest corner of 21st and Maize Road behind Bank of the West.

A group of as-of-yet unnamed developers are purchasing the former New Medical Health Care building, razing it and building a new 10,000-square-foot center for retail and restaurant space.

Last year, New Medical moved to 21st and Ridge Road by Braum’s.

The new development group will have a total of almost three acres and may build a second phase for offices.

There will be access to the development from both 21st Street and Maize Road, “which makes this an extremely attractive property,” says Cory Harkleroad, managing director of KW Commercial.

Harkleroad is handling the sale of the property and has already landed two tenants.

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Taco Shop near Central and Oliver closes

WICHITA — The Taco Shop near Central and Oliver has closed.

Its last day in business was the day before Thanksgiving.

“It’s more or less what we call trimming the fat,” says a Taco Shop manager who prefers not to be named.

“Business is booming, but that one simply did not have enough business . . . to warrant us keeping it open.”

You don’t say

“Too bad the weatherman doesn’t let you choose between hot or mild.”

–  A sign at the Taco Shop at Harry and Washington

New Furniture Disposal to open at Plaza West

WICHITA — Former Weekends Furniture & Sleep Shop owner David Davis closed his Derby store in April and now plans a new furniture store in Wichita.

New Furniture Disposal will open June 4 at the Plaza West shopping center at the southwest corner of Central and West. That’s also where Wal-Mart is looking to open one of its Neighborhood Markets.

“They do have something in the works with Wal-Mart, too,” Davis says of the owners of that space. “If they take it, then they take it.”

Davis is leasing month-to-month and will be prepared to relocate if the Wal-Mart deal happens.

Davis says he’s selling a few things from Weekends that didn’t sell previously. Mostly, though, he’s buying furniture from factories that have excess inventory due to the economy.

Also at that corner, look for the renovated Taco Shop to reopen in mid-June.