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Pirate Pete's to reopen following retooling

02/11/2014 5:00 AM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Pirate Pete's hasn't walked the plank, but it's not open right now, either.

"We decided, OK, it's time for a change," says Peter Miller, a partner in the business.

The restaurant at 1648 S. Rock Road, which is near Harry and Rock, has been through various owners, managers and incarnations through the years. Miller and partner Ken Gorges never intended to be restaurateurs.

"We've been the accountants ... for 10 years almost," Miller says. Their accounting office is across the street from the restaurant.

Various issues with the business led them to close it temporarily to remodel the building and retool the menu. They've also found some new managers and partners.

"I'm running a little ragged," Miller says of running between the businesses. He expects Pete's to reopen next week. He's shooting for Feb. 18.

Miller says there will be new floors, new walls and a simplified menu.

"And once all that gets done, I'm just back to doing the books."

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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.

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