Dining With Denise Neil

Popular Old Town Wichita bar opens an east-side location

Emerson Biggin’s now has an east-side location.
Emerson Biggin’s now has an east-side location.

Wichita now officially has an east-side Emerson Biggin’s.

Luis Lopez, who owns the Emerson Biggin’s in Old Town, has completely changed over Blarney Stone at 21st and Woodlawn, which he and business partner Heath Marx bought in April.

The re-grand opening as Emerson Biggin’s East was late last week, and Lopez and Marx are now serving their full Emerson Biggin’s menu but have added catfish to the east-side location.

For legal reasons, Lopez had to keep the name Blarney Stone until now, he said, but he’s been slowly making the transition while he waited for an all-clear to change the name. Blarney Stone was an Irish pub that opened in February 2016 serving fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and more.

The new Emerson Biggin’s East spot at 2120 N. Woodlawn has a long history housing popular sports bars that draw big crowds of pre- and post-Shocker game crowds. Before Blarney Stone, it was Larry Bud’s, and for years it operated as Tanner’s Bar & Grill.

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