Three restaurant remodels
Ziggy’s Pizza, 3700 E. Douglas: The notoriously tiny restaurant in Clifton Square soon will almost double its indoor dining space. Ziggy’s is in the midst of expanding to an empty space to its north, which will give it the ability to add 30 seats and accommodate large groups, which it has not been able to do since opening in February. The work should be done in another month or so, owners say.
Starbucks, 583 S. West St.: The next Wichita Starbucks to get a remodel job is the one at Kellogg and West. That store will be closed to walk-in customers starting on Sunday, a Starbucks spokeswoman said. The drive-through, however, will remain open from 5 a.m. to noon Monday through Jan. 13. The drive-through will resume normal hours on Jan. 14, and the interior is scheduled to reopen the week of Jan. 19. The remodel will fill the store with new furniture and an updated look. The Starbucks at 21st and Maizeand at Central and Rockhave already undergone updating. Starbucks stores generally are remodeled every 10 years.
Red Lobster, 333 S. Towne East Mall Drive and 555 S. West St.: Rumors spread across the Internet over the holidays that Red Lobster was going out of business, sparked by reports that the restaurant’s parent company, Darden, planned to sell or spin off the Red Lobster chain into a separate company. But Darden spokespeople say the chain is not closing, as do employees at both Wichita stores. Both Wichita Red Lobsters were remodeled late in 2013. Red Lobster has 705 restaurants in the United States and Canada.
Spangles surprised by sales of ‘The Beast’
Local hamburger chain Spanglesintroduced a crazy new burger on Christmas Eve. And customers are playing along with surprising enthusiasm, the restaurant’s marketing director says. It’s called “The Beast,” and it features six 1/3-pound steak burger patties layered with 12 slices of American cheese and topped with mustard, ketchup, onion and pickle. The burger, a 3,000-calorie monster, is too big for the average mouth to even bite. But that’s not stopping Spangles customers. On New Year’s Day, said marketing director Stephanie Huckins, 12 people ordered the burger, including a pair of brothers who challenged each other to a burger-eating contest.
The burger, which costs $21.99, was the brainchild of Dale Steven, the chain’s co-owner. “It’s something fun for people to talk about,” Huckins said. “We don’t expect people to eat it alone by any means.” The Beast is a limited-time offering but will be around as long as customers keep ordering it, Huckins said. If the sixer isn’t enough, you can also get The Beast in a value pack for $24.99.
All-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP
IHOP started its annual all-you-can-eat pancakes promotion on Thursday. The offer, which is good through Feb. 9, will afford unlimited buttermilk pancakes, delivered two at a time, to diners who order them alongside a breakfast combo or who order a stack of five pancakes as the main course. Wichita’s IHOP restaurants are at 11855 E. Kellogg, 515 S. Ridge Circle and 3505 N. Rock Road.