Arena entertainment district inching closer to opening with restaurant and two bars

WICHITA — In February, Have You Heard? first reported that a deal was in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown near Intrust Bank Arena as part of a larger entertainment development.

As most development seems to go, it’s taking longer than expected, but it’s still on track.

“We’re definitely trying to get it open,” says Kevin Law, one of the partners.

In addition to Pacific Coast Pizza, which has an east-side location that opened in 2009 at Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock, there will be a couple of bars next door as well.

The first one to open has the working name of Walker’s Venue.

“It’s a play of everyone walking by, going through the area,” Law says. “The crowd that’s going to be coming in is going to be walkers.”

He says there will be a large patio and live music. On nights when there are concerts at the arena, the music will be geared to whatever is playing there.

“Then we’re hoping to put a martini bar below Walker’s,” Law says. “We’re kicking the idea around of an upper-end martini bar.”

Walker’s and the restaurant will open first, followed by the martini bar. More businesses will follow, Law says.

“We’d just like to try to develop a district down here for something.”

He and his partners have to get the initial two businesses open first, which isn’t a speedy process.

“It’s jumping through hoops.”