WICHITA — Late last year Applebee's franchisee Jim Stevens told Have You Heard? that he planned to bring Pie Five Pizza to Wichita, and now he's doing it.
Stevens' first Wichita Pie Five will go on the lot south of his Applebee's near Maple and Ridge Road, and it will be the first freestanding Pie Five for the Dallas-based national chain.
"I looked all over," Stevens says of trying to find a strip center to open in. "There was nothing available."
Stevens, who has franchise rights in Wichita and Omaha, will break ground on the 2,500-square-foot restaurant Monday.
Originally, Stevens says he had planned to do another restaurant concept, but former Applebee's president Dave Goebel convinced him otherwise.
"I was talking to him about a different concept, and he said, 'Well, you might want to take a look at Pie Five,'" Stevens says. "Dave is really a straight shooter."
Stevens says he was impressed with the chain.