Charlie Badeen and David Allan are trying to cover all their bases by opening the new Joe's Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town in September.
The two already have Dudley's Sports Bar and Grill on the west side, Mulligan's Pub on the east side and O'Brien's Irish Pub along East Kellogg.
A central location in Old Town made sense, Badeen says, so they're opening in almost 5,000 square feet at 222 N. Washington.
That's near Second Street on the east side of Washington next to a city parking lot.
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Joe's, which isn't named for anyone in particular, will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
The food, which will feature Dudley's burgers and Mulligan's pizza among other items, will be available until 11 p.m.
There also will be pool tables, dart boards and 20 TVs.
Badeen says he and Allan decided not to do an Irish theme this time because of the expense.
He says Joe's will be a great sports bar, just without a theme.
Badeen and Allan's former south-side bar, Full Moon Pub and Grub at 2804 S. Seneca, closed after opening late last year. Badeen says they won't be reopening on the south side.
"This is more than enough for now," he says of his other ventures.
Then again, he adds, "I've said that before."
Lucky No. 3
A third Avon Beauty Center is opening in Wichita.
"It used to be just door-to-door, and Avon opened the opportunity for any representative who wanted to... get a license to sell in a store setting," says Christine Watkins , who is opening the new store.
Watkins, who has been selling Avon products for a decade, is opening her store early next month in front of the Walmart on the southeast corner of Pawnee and Broadway.
"It's a great opportunity to increase my sales," she says.
With Avon Beauty Centers already in the northeast and west parts of Wichita, Watkins says she had to go south to make sure she didn't take sales from the other stores.
"It's going to be a really good opportunity for the south part of Wichita, and a great opportunity to expand Avon," Watkins says.
Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate represented Watkins in the deal, and Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord.
Watkins doesn't expect to take business from others who sell Avon in the area.
"People who have representatives are going to be loyal to their representatives."
She does, though, expect to attract new Avon customers.
"I just love helping people find their products."
You don't say
"It was just amazing how strangers... would stop by and recount stories and just talk about how they would enjoy the place anyway, but they loved the idea of using the old name."
—Kirk David , who has decided to keep the name Squeezer's Palace for his new Riverside business despite objections from the founder of the original Squeezer's from the '70s