Dennis Wilkie wants to sell Grand Chapel
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Like hosting parties? Planning weddings? Need a place to do it?
Dennis Wilkie has a deal for you. He's selling his Grand Chapel at 828 N. Broadway, where he's been hosting weddings and other events in the former First Church of Christ, Scientist.
"It's quite a place to operate if you're a socialite or wanting to be," Wilkie says.
He says it's a chance to "get paid to be host of the party."
"That's not my cup of tea."
Wilkie, who operates other businesses, says the Grand Chapel didn't do well unless he was running it on a day-to-day basis.
"I just don't have time to run the place myself," he says. "I was just going in circles. I was trying to find someone to run that business the way I would."
The 1917 building has 18,000 square feet and seating for more than 600 people in the former sanctuary. There's also a reception hall, dance floor and bar area.
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