Blue Moon Caterers to move to former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space on west Central and open event center

WICHITA — Last month, Have You Heard? reported Bill Rowe was close to finalizing a deal for new space to operate his Blue Moon Caterers.

Late Thursday, he did.

“Blue Moon has a new home,” Rowe says.

He’s leasing the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space at 8406 W. Central across from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

The 10-year-old Blue Moon has been sharing a kitchen with Rowe’s Red Bean’s Bayou Grill at 7447 W. 21st St.

“It’s kind of goofy what we have to do to make it work,” he says. “It’s so tiny. It’s amazing that our staff can get 2,000 meals out on a Saturday night.”

The new space is about 6,600 square feet, which will be used for catering and event rental space.

“It has a larger kitchen, which is well laid out for our needs,” Rowe says. “We’ve grown dramatically in the last few years.”

He won’t begin moving into the new space until March.

“We’re still on the tail end of wedding season, and the holiday season is coming up, and it’s got its own insanity.”

April is the start of the next wedding season, and Rowe has a few things to do to get the new space ready.

“The timing worked out very nicely,” he says.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial Partners and Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The banquet room will seat about 275 for a wedding or more if it’s for another event, such as a cocktail party.

The last Friday in March will be the first date the new space is available to rent.

“The architecture lends itself to a Tuscan look,” Rowe says. “It’s a gorgeous building.”

He says it also inspired a name for the space: Villa Luna, which means House of the Moon.

“An obvious homage to Blue Moon.”

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill to open by fall in the former Brooklyn’s Chophouse space

WICHITA — There’s a new, unnamed owner of the former Brooklyn’s Chophouse building on West 21st Street, and he already has a tenant to lease the space.

It’s Larry Harmon, who has decided to locate his west-side Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill there instead of in the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space on West Central as he originally planned.

The owner of the former Brooklyn’s space, which was Players before that, “has a better deal for us,” Harmon says.

That space is about a third bigger than the 6,600-square-foot West Central space. Harmon says that offers “a lot of opportunities to do a lot more catering.”

He’s got a lot of remodeling ahead of him, so Harmon says he’s can’t give an opening date yet.

“It’ll be a little bit, but definitely before football season.”

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill to open in former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill

WICHITA — Larry Harmon now confirms what Have You Heard? first reported last week.

He’s opening his second Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill in the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space at 8406 W. Central across from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

“There’s a lot of good bars in town,” Harmon says. When he opens, though, Harmon says, “You’re going to know that that’s the place to watch some sports.”

He’s finalizing the contract for the 6,600-square-foot space. Following that and extensive renovation, he’ll open. It’s not clear when that will be.

Harmon says he’s gutting the space to create what he calls a stadium area similar to his original Larry Bud’s in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

Like that Larry Bud’s, the new one also will offer bus rides to Shocker games.

“It’s going to be a fun place to go,” Harmon says. “Our grand opening will be a killer.”

He’s not stopping there. Harmon plans additional locations as well.

“We’re going to continue from there and continue to grow.”

 

New bars and restaurants opening on east, west sides and downtown

WICHITA — There are several new bar and restaurant deals in the works.

Not unexpectedly, Charlie Badeen and David Allan have decided to reopen their O’Brien’s Irish Pub on East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin.

They closed it last year, and the short-lived Encore Restaurant and Nightclub took its place.

Earlier this month, Badeen told Have You Heard? he and Allan were considering various options for the space, including reopening O’Brien’s.

They originally closed because they were opening the new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town, plus they already had Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill on the west side and Mulligan’s Pub out east.

They’ve since sold Mulligan’s, and they’re ready to open Joe’s in the next week or two.

Badeen says O’Brien’s should open by the end of March.

“Basically everything’s going to be about the same.”

There’s another deal in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown near Intrust Bank Arena.

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West-side Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill to move to former Applebee’s space

WICHITA — Tom Ryan hasn’t wasted any time moving on to a new project since opening his latest Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill.

He opened that restaurant on the northwest corner of Douglas and Hillside in late November.

Now, Ryan is making plans to move his Two Brothers at 8406 W. Central to the former Applebee’s space at 6730 W. Central just east of Ridge Road.

“It’s just about the same size,” Ryan says. However, he says, “The numbers will be better.”

Ryan is subleasing his current space from Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens, who offered him the new lease with an option to buy the building.

That’s part of what makes the lease attractive, Ryan says.

“We’ll take a look at it for about three years and see where we are.”

He’ll make a few changes when he moves to the new space in early April.

There will no longer be a buffet at dinner.

“It’s just very difficult to make a decent margin,” Ryan says.

He’ll offer an expanded menu in the evenings, which will include steaks and seafood.

Even though Ryan is looking ahead to his next space, he’s hoping people focus on his new restaurant on Douglas in the meantime.

“I truly believe that there’s a lot of folks that don’t know we’re open.”

This will be it on new projects for Ryan for a while.

“I don’t like to be stretched thin,” he says. “I’m much more conservative in my old age. We’re going to hang loose for a while and run our businesses.”

You don’t say

“It would look pretty cute up there, wouldn’t it?”

Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill owner Tom Ryan, who likes the idea of a rotating pig atop his forthcoming restaurant at Douglas and Hillside (as rumors have it), but he says not to hold your breath

Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill coming to former Autoplex space in College Hill

WICHITA — A couple of brothers are moving into the College Hill area.

Why does this matter to you?

Because they’re bringing barbecue with them.

Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill is adding its fourth Wichita restaurant (there’s also one in El Dorado) at the northwest corner of Douglas and Hillside where Autoplex used to be.

“There seems to be a lack of restaurants in the College Hill area, which for Wichita is kind of unusual,” says owner Tom Ryan.

He operates the business with his wife, Carole, his sons, Mark and Matt, and their wives, Kyla and Ana.

Tom Ryan likes this site because it’s close to several busy areas, such as downtown, Wesley Medical Center and College Hill.

“We are hoping and believe it will be able to serve some areas that are in need of barbecue,” he says.

The Ryans will renovate the 2,000-square-foot former service center on the property, which they’re leasing.

“We’re going to do sort of a retro look,” Tom Ryan says.

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