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Bionic Burgers stack up

In former E. Harry Taco Tico, family to open 5th restaurant

04/20/2013 7:22 AM

04/20/2013 7:23 AM

Most parts of Wichita have a Bionic Burger , but Raquel and Jimmy Chavez knew one area was lacking.

“We kind of needed one in the southeast area,” Raquel Chavez says.

So they’re opening their fifth restaurant in the family-owned chain at 3257 E. Harry where a Taco Tico recently closed.

“There’s a lot of people, a lot of activity over there,” Chavez says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Troy Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Raquel Chavez’s parents, Pam and Steve Majors , started the business in 1977.

Chavez and her father had a good-natured fight over dinner the other night when she claimed she started in the business at age 11.

Social Security records proved it was age 12.

In actuality, Chavez says, “I’ve worked in the business all my life.”

She and her husband helped open the last two Bionic Burgers – in Haysville in 2011 and near 21st and Woodlawn in 2010 – while her parents were still in the business. They’re now retired.

The East Harry Bionic Burger will be the first one the Chavezes open on their own. They’d like to grow the company even more.

“We still are looking to expand in different areas.”

Though her parents aren’t at the company day to day anymore, Chavez says she can still ask them for advice.

“It’s very nice,” she says.

“I try to do things and figure them out on my own,” Chavez says. She says she thinks her father likes still lending his assistance when she needs it, though.

“He taught me that customers are your number one priority,” Chavez says. They “have helped us make it for 36 years.”

Chavez says the most important thing she learned from her parents helps her run the business as they would.

“They taught me a lot of responsibility and hard work,” she says. “Nothing is going to change.”

A chapter closes

A little more than a year after opening, the scrapbooking store Across Time and Page in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb is closing.

Today is the store’s last day in business.

“I was just not hitting the numbers I needed to hit to keep going,” owner Carmen Ned says. “We had regular customers, but it just wasn’t enough to keep us going.”

Ned isn’t sure what she’s going to do next.

“I just haven’t had time to think about it yet. I’m just trying to close this chapter right now.”

There is one thing she knows she’s going to tackle after closing, though.

“First thing I’m going to do is clean my house really good.”

‘Wild’ Funday

A Kansas City tradition is coming to Wichita – literally.

Marshall Roth , executive chef at the Siena Tuscan Steakhouse at the Ambassador Hotel , used to work in Kansas City where Sunday occasionally was Funday when chefs from restaurants around the city would get together and cook for each other.

Roth says the rule was each chef had to bring something from his freezer and then “leave your ego at the door.”

After touring Creekstone Farms in Arkansas City, Roth says he wanted his chef friends from Kansas City to see it, too.

“Well, it kind of just blew up into this chef Funday again,” he says.

About a dozen chefs are meeting at the Ambassador Hotel in Kansas City on Sunday and taking “a booze cruise down to my property.”

There will be a reception in the rock star suite. Creekstone is donating some prime bone-in rib eyes that have been aged for 55 days.

“It’s, like, crazy,” Roth says.

The extensive menu also will include sea urchins that Seattle Fish is donating.

The chefs will tour Creekstone on Monday and have lunch before heading home.

Roth is inviting some Wichita chefs as well and hopes Funday might become a tradition here.

“It’s going to be a blast,” he says. “Should be a good, fun, wild evening.”

You don’t say

Benny inspired a little chuckle, I have to say, just the way he was looking at the camera.”

Animal Control supervisor Dennis Graves on Benny the goat, which accidentally was listed as a Doberman pinscher on the city’s website for lost animals before he and the dog were reunited with their owner

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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