WICHITA — Ever since his father bought the former Davis Furniture building in Delano in 2007, Chris Ruffin knew there would have to be extensive renovation.
"I needed to gut it and make it leasable at least," says Ruffin, who is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.
The younger Ruffin had another idea, though, for a country-western bar.
"I've been trying to sell this one idea for a while," he says.
His father was in Wichita Tuesday.
"He saw it and was like, 'Let's do it,' " Chris Ruffin says.
There's no name for the bar, nor is it finalized who will own and run it.
"This is all real, real new," Chris Ruffin says.
The 15,000-square-foot West Douglas space will feature western-themed things like a mechanical bull and saddles for bar stools.
"It's going to be a live music venue for touring country bands as well," Ruffin says.
"It's going to be a country-western bar much in the vein of our Gilley's," he says of the bar that's in his father's Treasure Island in Las Vegas.