After 13 years in the Cargill building downtown at 151 N. Main, Piccadilly Express has closed.
"Last Friday, Piccadilly was notified that they were not going to make the cut for those being considered to provide food services here in the building," says Cargill spokesman Mike Martin .
"They were given three weeks' notice and basically given the notice as soon as it was decided they would not make the cut, and they ceased operations immediately."
No one with Latour Management , which owned the restaurant, returned calls for comment.
This is the latest restaurant in what has become the dismantling of a dining dynasty in Wichita.
Latour's Chelsea's Bar & Grill and Olive Tree Bistro were evicted from Comotara Center late last year.
The west-side Piccadilly closed in 2005.
The east-side Piccadilly and Bagatelle Bakery are the only restaurants Latour has left.
Downtown, Cargill took over the former Piccadilly space for a lab.
Piccadilly had moved into the former Avenue Style space.
Cargill polled its 800 employees in the building about what food service provider they might like there.
"Ultimately, it was based on employee feedback really indicating that they wanted to see a change in terms of the type of food being offered and just wanting something different," Martin says.
There is a short list of other potential restaurants for the 1,800-square-foot space, which also would be open to the public.
We'll keep you posted.
Petland: Part II
There's more to the Petland story than owner Brad Bockus revealed earlier this week.
Turns out he's married to Colleen Bradley , whose Cappuccino Inc. previously owned the Petland franchise at One Kellogg Place at Kellogg and Greenwich.
"What can I say?" Bockus says. "It's like a lot of other small businesses out there. The economy was just staggering to the point where Cappuccino closed in May."
Bockus says his wife won't be involved in the business.
"It's me running this place now."
So why reopen it?
"I'm a little crazy."
He's also making some changes, including renegotiating the lease.
"If the overhead wasn't what it was, it probably would still exist," Bockus says of his wife's store.
He says when her store opened in 2005, "Landlords were naming their price."
That was OK for the first four or so years, he says.
"When the economy went south, the numbers didn't work anymore," Bockus says. "We're renegotiating the lease to where it's a little more agreeable."
He's also downsized the store by about 25 percent with the reduction of the fish department, which Bockus says was underperforming.
"I think the numbers work now, and I believe in the Wichita market."
You don't say
"It is kind of strange."
—Phil Svymbersky , whose Snappy Photo at 160 S. West St. is doing less business now that construction in the area has ended