WICHITA — The 15,000-square-foot country-western bar and restaurant Chris Ruffin had hoped to bring to the former Davis Furniture space in Delano may not happen.
Ruffin is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin's Ruffin Properties.
There's a Gilley's in Phil Ruffin's Treasure Island in Las Vegas just like there was in his New Frontier Hotel and Casino. That's what was in the works here.
"The boys are sold on the idea of the Gilley's . . . but the old man is not," Phil Ruffin says of his sons.
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"We're still getting some numbers," Ruffin says of renovating the space. "The numbers originally came in very high."
If Gilley's doesn't happen, Ruffin says he'll lease the space to someone else.
"There's always someone. It's a really good location."
It's where he hoped he and business partner Donald Trump could put a casino.
"That whole area was the location for the Trump Tower," Ruffin says.
"They talk about downtown revitalization. What that would have done. My god. . . . And, of course, it got shot down."
We'll let you know whether or not "the old man" shoots down Gilley's.