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Doc Howard's Lounge is losing its lease

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  • Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 3:53 p.m.

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Crime Zone 40

Wichita police Crime Zone 40, which runs from Douglas north to Central and Broadway east to Washington, recorded 104 aggravated assaults from 2008 through 2011, and most of those occurred in Old Town. These are the blocks where most of the assaults occurred.

BlockAssaults
200 block of North Mosley23
100 block of North Mosley14
100 block of North Mead8
100 block of North Rock Island7
400 block of North Topeka5
200 block of North Topeka4
400 block of North Emporia4
600 block of East Douglas4

Source: Wichita Police Department

WICHITA — Doc Howard's Lounge is losing its Old Town lease at 252 N. Mosley.

"It's coming up," landlord Dave Burk says of the lease expiring at the end of the month.

He says he chose to not allow the business to renew the lease.

The bar has been a lightning rod for critics due to violence and other issues there.

Previous owner Bryan Shapiro says he's no longer involved with the business and that his brother, Keith, owns it. Keith Shapiro couldn't be reached for comment, and the answering machine at the business says the memory is full and can't accept new messages.

The Doc Howard's website is down.

It sounds like there's a chance the business is reopening elsewhere in Old Town, but Bryan Shapiro says he doesn't have information about it.

Burk says he's still considering what to do with the 26,000 square feet Doc Howard's is leaving.

"Well, I can't tell you for sure what I'm going to do with it. I've got some ideas," he says. "I just know what I'm not going to do with it."

That means, Burk says, the space "isn't going to be a large bar with a lot of capacity."

He says it's possible the area could be divided.

"It's something I'm looking at."

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