Every week, I get e-mails from readers who see new construction in their neighborhoods and hope they’re about to see a restaurant sprout up. What, they ask me with visions of a new Freddy’s or Taco Shop dancing in their heads, is going into that space?
Two under-construction spots have recently gotten lots of hungry Wichitans’ hopes up, as I’ve received multiple inquiries about them. Neither, I’m sorry to report, is going to be a restaurant. (Though if you’re ill or need a cellphone, it’s not all bad news.)
The building I’m most frequently asked about is the one going up next to the about-to-open Arby’s in the Southfork development at the southwest corner of 47th Street South and I-135. It stands to reason that the building could contain a restaurant. In addition to the Arby’s, the new center also has a fancy new IHOP.
But the vaguely restaurant-shaped building is going to be a Verizon store, says Jay Maxwell, the center’s developer. He has more restaurants planned for the center but he won’t be ready to talk about those for another couple of months, he said.
This isn’t the first time a Verizon store has duped restaurant fans. Last year, the under-construction Verizon store at 2037 N. Amidon St., next to Hardee’s in the New Leaf Plaza, had many people hoping a new Taco Shop was about to open.
Meanwhile, the building going up at 3006 S. Seneca, across the street from Julius Rib Cage at 2958 S. Seneca and next door to Hong Kong at 3028 S. Seneca, also has had people buzzing lately. A few readers even thought the spot might be home to the next Freddy’s Frozen Custard.
Alas, the space will hold a medical office when it’s completed.
If you see any other buildings you need me to investigate, I’m all over it. Just let me know.