Wichita, the Waterfront are getting a new Italian restaurant in June
After a two-and-halfyear search, the
Waterfront has selected a new restaurant for the former Fox and Hound space.
Old Spaghetti Factory will open there June 24.
“This part of the deal came together relatively quickly, which is unique to a lot of the things we do,” says the Waterfront’s Stephen Clark II. “They’re a really good fit.”
Clark says his intention was always to either replace Fox and Hound with another sports-themed bar or to find an Italian restaurant.
“Wichita has a lot of restaurants, but if there’s one area it’s lacking is good Italian options,” he says.
The Oregon-based Old Spaghetti Factory is “pretty eclectic,” Clark says, with “things that are kind of unique.”
He says the atmosphere is “old world” with lots of chandeliers and various seating options, which includes dining in a trolley within the restaurant.
“That’s one of their signature moves.”
Clark says prices are middle of the road.
“It’s a family-focused concept.”
He says that will go well with other family concepts already at the Waterfront, such as Red Robin, which Clark says is the No. 1 Red Robin in the country.
Clark says demolition work started this week on the former Fox and Hound space as it begins its transformation into Old Spaghetti Factory.
“We expect it to do really well.”
District Church ,a relatively new church in Delano, has signed a lease for a one-time post office there. That doesn’t mean worship services are necessarily moving there, though.
Since its inception in the summer of 2017, District Church has been operating out of Franklin Elementary School at 214 S. Elizabeth St.
With its new lease at 128 S. Martinson, lead pastor says Travis Roberts says he’d been thinking of using the space for children’s programming, tutoring and mentoring and as a place for members to meet for classes or small-group discussions.
He says he initially envisioned continuing services at the school.
“But now we’re kind of reconsidering,” Roberts says. “Now we’re kicking around the idea . . . to make it our actual church space for Sunday mornings — for everything.”
He started reconfiguring the building’s space, which is just over 5,000 square feet.
“If we can get everything out of this space, why wouldn’t we?”
Roberts says it still depends on permitting, but he says he’s starting to really like the idea of the church having everything at the new building.
“It would also let the neighborhood know we’re really here to plant roots,” he says.
“Our passion and drive is to be a good church for the Delano neighborhood. That’s kind of our M.O. And that’s why we’re called the District Church.”
Stephanie Wise of John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal for the three-year lease.
With the move, Roberts says he’ll try to reach out to more college students for mentoring of Wichita school district students through District Church.
“That’s one of the things that we’re really looking forward to with this space.”
About 100 people attend church weekly, he says.
“As we continue to grow . . . it may not house enough growth for us to move forward.”
For now, though, Roberts says, “We might be able to have a really nice neighborhood church . . . and create a really neat, intimate worship environment for people.”
Complaining about work is a popular pastime for many, but apparently a lot of workers in Wichita are quite happy.
So says a study by Kununu, a workplace insights platform founded in Austria in 2007.
Of the top 50 mostpopular U.S. cities, Wichita ranks No. 16 for employee happiness.
Factors included company culture, co-worker interaction, expectations and employee involvement in decisions, trust for independence and, of course, overall satisfaction with employers.
Miami and Los Angeles were the top two cities, and nearby Oklahoma City made the list at No. 8.
Kansas City, Mo., is No.
25. Neighboring states also had cities that ranked at the bottom of happiness. In Texas, that includes El Paso at No. 45, Dallas at No. 46 and Houston at No. 47. In Colorado, Colorado Springs ranks at No.
Rounding out the list as the least-happy workers: New Yorkers.
A new restaurant called Old Spaghetti Factory is opening where Fox and Hound used to be at the Waterfront.