On St. Patrick’s Day this year, Chris Tincher stood near the front of his Todd Brian’s Brick Street Cafe & Tavern in Old Town Square and wondered where the people were.
There were plenty of people partying in Old Town that night, but the square was fairly empty.
Tincher has ideas about filling it up, though he wants to get to know his neighbors better first so they can work together on future events for the area.
Tincher opened the restaurant in February in the former Imbiss Grille space.
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Previously, Tincher spent his career working for others, including Amarillo Grill, P.F. Chang’s, Piztros and Ted’s Montana Grill.
Q. What’s it like having your own place finally?
A. I absolutely love it. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. … I guess you get an opportunity to really put your own personality into every facet of the business. It’s a very personal deal to me.
You know, I’m knocking the door on 40, and I figured if I didn’t do it now, I might never get it done, and there is no part of me that would have ever been OK with that. It’s part of who I am. I’ve been working for this day for a long time.
Q. Why Old Town?
A. I like the feel of the locally owned and operated restaurants down here. … Outside of Old Chicago, there’s not much corporate in downtown Wichita.
Q. You have ideas for Old Town Square, right?
A. There’s a lot of interest with these retailers to make Old Town Square more of an attraction in the future. I think there’s a lot of opportunity. It would be neat if there were concert ventures. … I just see a lot of potential in this area in the future.
Q. Why did you name the business after your late brother?
A. I lost Todd about four years ago, and we were absolutely the best of friends. I just didn’t think that there was any better way to keep him in my life than name the restaurant after him. A lot of people ask. A lot of people want to know. A lot of people are touched by the story … of me naming it after him.
Q. What’s something few people know about you?
A. I am a big antique collector. I love old advertising antiques, (such as) tins and signs – the history of it, the feel of it. That could be part of my attraction to the Old Town area as well.