Wink Hartman Sr. to open private Lake Side Club in former Bella Donna space

UPDATED — Wink Hartman Sr. has decided on plans for his former Bella Donna restaurant space.

In July, Hartman told Have You Heard? he was working on a new concept for the space, which sits back from Webb Road just south of 21st Street.

He’s opening the Lake Side Club, a $20-a-month private club that will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Sort of like the long-standing Candle Club near 13th and Woodlawn?

“Well, I don’t like to look at it that way,” Hartman says.

“It’s a country club atmosphere that doesn’t include a pool, tennis or golf.”

Why do it?

“Because I own a building. I need to put it into productivity.”

Why private, though?

“There’s such a need for people in the midrange, say, 35, 45, those types of people.”

Hartman says people in that age group may be married couples who don’t have the time or money for golfing at a country club.

“But they would still like to have an environment where they’re somewhat exclusive, where they’ll see their friends.”

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Jimmy’s Egg near 21st and Amidon closes; location near Office This to open soon

WICHITA — It turns out the new Jimmy’s Egg that’s going in front of Max Cole’s Office This development at 4031 E. Harry will replace the one just west of 21st and Amidon.

That Jimmy’s Egg is now closed.

Owner Wink Hartman Sr. says his management team “is going to take action to correct businesses that are not performing.”

“The concept is that we’re growing and reallocating our assets to more profitable areas and stores,” he says.

Hartman didn’t want to wait for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market to open at Marina Lakes on the southwest corner of the intersection and hope that his business increased.

“You cannot continually develop and plan your future around a Walmart,” Hartman says. “Yes, they drive traffic, but we have a breakfast concept, and it doesn’t really tie into being around a Walmart.”

The Jimmy’s Egg by Office This will open within 45 days.

Hartman has one more planned by the end of the year.

He’s close to a lease on the west side of College Hill and could have the restaurant open by Thanksgiving.

Look for more news on it soon.

Wink Hartman Sr. closes his Knolla’s Pizza and plans a new Jimmy’s Egg

WICHITA — Wink Hartman Sr. has closed one restaurant and is opening another.

His Knolla’s Pizza on East 21st Street just east of 127th Street East closed earlier this week.

Hartman had an agreement with Knolla’s founder Pat Knolla to open the business three years ago.

“It didn’t meet projections,” Hartman says. “Due to the lousy economy and the way Congress can’t do their job, there’s no reason to keep fighting it.”

So what would have happened if the Republican had won his bid for Congress?

“I’d be standing on the biggest soapbox I could find,” Hartman says. “How can you afford to continually spend more?”

Hartman’s Jimmy’s Egg franchises are doing well, so he can afford to do plenty more. He already has six here and one in Houston.

His latest Jimmy’s will open in front of Max Cole’s Office This development at 4031 E. Harry within three months.

Hartman also is looking to further expand in Houston and Kansas.

“I’m trying to create jobs.”

You don’t say

“I said, ‘Oh, no, no, this is too much fun.’ Plus they wouldn’t say what I’ll say.”

Wink Hartman Sr. on having a new Twitter account (@WinkHartmanKS) that he’ll do himself instead of taking an offer from a couple of employees to do it for him

Wink Hartman Sr. plans new restaurant for former Bella Donna space

WICHITA — Wink Hartman Sr. is contemplating putting a new restaurant concept in his former Bella Donna space, which sits back from Webb Road just south of 21st Street.

“I will not deny that,” Hartman says.

“We’re working on the concept. It’s one of those things I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s a typical Wink Hartman deal.”

So, you don’t know what you’re doing. Sure you want to say that in print?

“I don’t care. I’m not running for office anymore.”

And it’s not like the former congressional candidate is saying it will be an amateur attempt.

“Whatever it’s going to be, it’ll be the best.”

He says it won’t compete with his Chester’s Chophouse at the Waterfront.

“Chester’s is the best restaurant in the Midwest.”

Garozzo’s Ristorante was the first restaurant in the space and was open from 2003 to 2007.

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You don’t say

“It’s a very unique job. (For) one thing, you get to work for Wink.”

– Former Hartman Arena general manager Eric Blockie, who is helping Wink Hartman Sr. find his replacement since he’s taken a job as GM at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas

You don’t say

“This is but the first shot across the bow.”

Wink Hartman Sr., who says the arena business is competitive and he wants to be the best, so parking is now free for every event at Hartman Arena

Jimmy’s Egg investment partner Wink Hartman Sr. to buy out managing partner Whitney VinZant

WICHITA — Jimmy’s Egg managing partner Whitney VinZant issued a joint statement with investment partner Wink Hartman Sr. in response to Have You Heard? inquiries about the partnership possibly dissolving.

Hartman is in the due diligence phase of buying the remaining interest of five Jimmy’s Egg franchises in Wichita and one in Houston.

VinZant, who is a partner in Mike’s Wine Dive and the Gaslamp Grille & Lounge, among other restaurants, will no longer be a part of the Jimmy’s Egg franchises here if and when the deal is complete.

“I am excited that Wink is focused on taking this concept to the next level by further expanding into Wichita and surrounding areas,” VinZant said in the statement.

Jimmy’s Egg, a breakfast franchise based in Oklahoma City, has more than 125 employees in Wichita.

Wink Hartman Sr. files to buy State Bank of Leon

WICHITA — It was early August when Have You Heard? first reported that Wink Hartman Sr. was mulling a bank purchase in Butler County.

A confidentiality agreement prevented him from talking.

“I wouldn’t look pretty in jail,” Hartman said, joking.

He’s still not talking, but it looks like that bank is the State Bank of Leon.

On Monday, the legal classifieds in the El Dorado Times published a notice that Hartman, Elizabeth Hartman and Steven Worrell filed a notice of change in bank control with the FDIC.

The parties want to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of the bank, which has $9.6 million in assets as of June 30.

The State Bank of Leon ranks 53rd for deposits out of 57 banks in the Wichita area.

Neither Hartman nor bank representatives could be reached for comment.

You don’t say

“Once I know I won’t get fired, I’ll let you know.”

Michael O’Donnell II, an employee of Wink Hartman Sr., on a couple of big business deals coming up for his boss