Chicken N’ Pickle groundbreaking in May
Several readers have messaged to say that they've noticed the outline of what looks like a restaurant going up at K-96 and Greenwich, just to the west of Cavender’s and in the same vicinity as Blaze Pizza and Freezing Moo.
It is a restaurant — a chicken restaurant, to be exact.
Buffalo Wings & Rings is scheduled to open in mid- to late-July in the spot, and it'll be the latest entry in the chicken restaurant craze in Wichita.
But this one will be different, said Kevin Breshears, one of the partners opening the restaurant.
"It was about eight years ago, and I was in Omaha on a business trip and I came across this concept," he said. "And I thought, 'Man, it's a knockoff of some other brands that are very similar.' But we went in, had dinner there, and were just blown away by the quality of the food. That really set it apart for me. You could tell there was something different about it."
The restaurant specializes in wings and sauces but also has burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads on its menu. The "rings" in the title are "thick-cut, crumb-breaded rings served with 'Bama white BBQ dipping sauce."
Breshears said that his company, Get Sauced LLC, has signed a three-unit deal with the restaurant chain. He and his partners hope to open a second Buffalo Wings & Rings in the New Market Square area within 18 months. Their third will likely be in Derby, he said.
He also said he's striving to keep his business local as possible and is even purchasing his 37 television sets for the restaurant from local store Hephner TV & Electronics.
"This has been a lifelong dream of mine to be part of the ownership of a group of restaurants," he said. "We're just excited to bring it to Wichita."