The Port of Wichita is, once again, about to be back in business.
Mike and Kim Love are reopening the bar at Harry and Webb Road, which has gone through a couple of different owners in the past couple of years.
“I’ve been a touring musician most of my life,” says Mike Love, who also is a custom home builder.
Music is why he wants to reopen the Port.
“The bar business is kind of a shaky business,” Love says.
That’s why music will be the focus.
“It’s going to be, basically, a live music venue,” he says. “I just feel like maybe I could revive live music.”
Love will play there sometimes, and he’ll hire other musicians as well.
“We’re kind of still trying to figure that out,” Love says. “We’re going to bring in some regional acts from Texas, Oklahoma – some red dirt music.”
There will be local acts as well. Love plays country music, but he says he’s open to a variety of genres from other musicians.
Kim Love will manage the Port, and Mike Love will keep his day job in addition to performing.
The two plan to serve what Mike Love calls “basic bar food” and are hoping to build a lunch crowd in addition to serving dinner. In the recent past, Love says lunch wasn’t a big focus.
The Loves aren’t planning to remodel much.
“A couple of the previous owners have actually done a lot of work on the place in the short span they were there,” Mike Love says. “We’re just touching up some stuff.”
There will be a soft opening at the end of September and a grand opening on Oct. 17.