Note: After this story was published, managers changed their minds about adding hookah when they reopen Heroes. See details here.
A new group is about to take over operations at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, 117 N. Mosley, and it has many changes planned.
Among them: hookah on the patio and a night set aside for the under-21 crowd.
But its first order of business will be getting the bar back to its seven-day-a-week schedule, which it abandoned in favor of a Thursday through Saturday option last month.
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In the meantime, the bar is closed for renovations.
Heroes now will be run by Hussein Alkasasy, Raed Mansour and Ehab Mansour. The first two are the same business partners who recently started offering breakfast service at Emerson Biggin’s West under the name Biggins Breakfast.
The partners said that Heroes has long been one of their favorite Old Town bars. They’re now in the process of cleaning, painting and sprucing up the place and will reopen the bar soon, said Hussein Alkasasy.
When they do, they plan to keep all the things that fans have always loved about Heroes, including its sweet pepper bacon burger and its weekend after-work parties. But they’ll add some new features.
For one, they’ll begin offering hookah smoking on the patio. Also, on Wednesday nights they’ll offer parties for an age group not normally allowed to frolic in bars – 18- to 20-year-olds. Sundays will be family days, he said, and the new operators also want Heroes to continue to serve as a home for NFL fans during football season. It’s also adding nightly security, he said.
The menu will stay the same, and eventually, the new operators may make some additions.
Two years ago, the Gates family sold Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, one of the city’s longest-running Old Town hotspots to developer Ted Timsah. In March, Timsah parted ways with the people he’d put in charge of running the bar and had been looking for new operators.
Wichita entrepreneur Gary Streepy opened Heroes in December 1991. It was one of the first early businesses in Old Town, along with Larkspur and River City Brewing Co. Bud Gates was an early investor who eventually bought the bar outright. Gates and his son, Ryan, who was the bar’s managing partner, sold Heroes in late 2015 so they could focus on their Easyhome rent-to-own business.
I’ll let you know when the new operators choose a grand re-opening date.