Dining With Denise Neil

What's that restaurant going up near Ridge and Kellogg?

Observant passers-by might have noticed the massive hole that's developed in one corner of the parking lot at Lowe's, 333 S. Ridge.

And if they had passed by on Monday morning, they might have noticed the hole was filled with heavy construction equipment — and a couple of cows walking on their hind legs.

The spot is the future home of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, and on Monday, owner/operator Jason Lansdown was there with a golden shovel and a couple of the restaurant's cow mascots to officially break ground.

The restaurant, which Lansdown estimates will open in early September, will be Wichita's third free-standing Chick-fil-A and Lansdown's second. He also opened the Chick-fil-A at 21st and Maize in 2012, and he told the gathered well-wishers on Monday that it's unusual for the franchise to allow one operator to build two stores.

"It's all thanks to my team," he said.

The spot where the restaurant is going used to have a retention pond, Lansdown said, and it was far deeper than construction crews estimated. Now that it's gone and being relocated, construction should zip along, he said, assuming the weather cooperates.

The corner near Ridge and Maple has become a busy one for Wichita restaurant growth and also boasts Freddy's Frozen Custard, Panera Bread, Rib Crib, Firehouse Subs, Jimmy John's, Wing Stop, Cold Stone Creamy, Twin Peaks and Abuelo's.

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