It has been vacant since 2015, when Church’s Chicken suddenly closed all of its restaurants and left town.
And during this time, the barricaded and dilapidated building at 3808 E. Harry has become more and more of an eyesore.
Soon, however, this building will meet its merciful end and a new building with room for two restaurants will take its place.
One of the spaces will be occupied by a new Wing stop, which should open by spring or summer 2022. The group will look for another restaurant tenant for the other half of the building, which will have a window at the wheel.
Vibe Restaurants is the same group that owns the other two Wingstops in Wichita – at 7325 W. Taft and 2548 S. Seneca. It is also the group that is renovating a once vacant car garage at 21st and Amidon, where it will soon open both a Wingstop and a Clean laundry laundromat. This project is almost complete and there is still 2,000 square feet available in the space.
The group, which also owns 79 Little Caesars restaurants in nine states, likes to find old buildings and renovate or replace them with buildings that will better serve their communities, said Faisal Lalani, co-founder of the group.
âWe just want to make sure that we kind of modernize the neighborhood and bring in something new,â he said. “We really want to take something that’s been an eyesore and spend some money to engage with the neighborhood and bring a new image to it.”
Lalani said he is considering more Wingstops for the Wichita area. His group is looking for space in the 29th and Rock Road area, he said, and he is also planning restaurants for Derby, Salina and Hutchinson.
Levi Iseman of the real estate group InSite represented both the buyer and the seller in the transaction.
The new building will rise right next to a new Church’s restaurant that entrepreneur Mike Jizzini opened in January. Jizzini, who announced plans to relaunch the Church’s chain in Wichita in 2017, also owns a restaurant at 13th and Oliver and will soon open a third on Pawnee and Broadway.