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Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria owners on 'serious' hunt for east-side space

05/23/2014 5:00 AM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — The owners of Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria are looking for east-side space in earnest, but partner Jeremy Horn says it won't be as easy as finding a building.

"It's going to be tough to find a building that already exists," he says. "We're kind of more in the mode of finding land and building new construction."

That's because in addition to another pizzeria, Horn says the new space will be home to a 15-barrel brew house as well.

What Horn calls his “serious” hunt likely will take six months, he says.

Horn says he wants a 15,000-square-foot building, about 10,000 square feet of which will be for the brewing operation.

"We don't have enough space to do it on the west side.”

The restaurant and a small brewing system opened in 2011 in the former Play It Again Sports space on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler.

Horn says the business has done "really well."

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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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