For years, the northeast corner of Seneca and University, just off the Kellogg exit, has been an empty lot.
But now, suddenly, a building is going up. The steel frame appeared last week, and two new restaurants are scheduled to move in during the next several months.
The lot will soon be home to a new development called Delano Gate, put up by local lawyer Abdul Arif, and his first tenant will be Huddle House, a 24-hour diner in the vein of IHOP that specializes in breakfast. It’s going in on the north end of the center and should be open by late March, said Tariq Azmi, who works with Arif and owns The Donut Whole.
The center also is scheduled to be home to Tight Ends, a sports bar and grill with scantily-clad servers. (Think Twin Peaks and Hooters.) Though the business is opposed by some in the Delano neighborhood, its co-owner and manager, Elysia Rizo, posted a video from the construction site on her Facebook page last week and said that she’s aiming for a Super Bowl Sunday grand opening. She’s also advertising job openings.
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By the time it opens, the Huddle House at Seneca and University will be Wichita’s second. The first is almost complete in Twin Lakes, near the corner of 21st and Amidon, and it is tentatively scheduled to open on Dec. 11, Azmi said.
The possibility of adding a grocery store to the new development at Kellogg and Seneca also has been discussed, and although there’s been interest, no commitments have been made, Azmi said.
We will keep you posted.