Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita restaurant that opened last week is closing temporarily because of poor sales

Steve Field opened The Foxhole Veterans Lounge on the Fourth of July, hoping to draw a big crowd of vets like himself in search of a burger and some conversation.

But it turns out, he’s learned, that his potential customers also want a drink.

Field, who decided to open before his liquor license was secured — a common practice with new restaurateurs who want to get their doors open — has decided to close until he gets it.

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The Foxhole Veterans Lounge opened on July 4 near Harry and Woodlawn. Courtesy photo

“Over 67% of the people who have come into The Foxhole have turned around and left because we are not serving alcohol,” he said in a Facebook post announcing the move. “Currently, we have been averaging less than 10 customers per day and that simply is not enough to justify keeping the doors open.”

The Foxhole is at 6305 E. Harry in the space formerly occupied by The Annex Lounge.

Field said getting the license has been a challenge. Because the restaurant had been closed for so long — since January 2018 — he had to get the space rezoned to qualify for a new license.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Field envisions the business as a place where veterans, active duty military and first responders can get together and share their stories over a meal. The business, however, will be open to anyone.

His menu includes bar food favorites like chicken tenders, onion rings, burgers, pizzas, wings and sandwiches.

I’ll let you know when Field reopens the business.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.