Dining With Denise Neil

Here’s the latest on the Pizza Ranch restaurant planned for Wichita’s west side

Jimmie’s Diner at 21st and Tyler in 2016

Joe Davidson and his parents, Jack and Linda Davidson, opened the west-side Jimmie's Diner in 2016. It closed in December 2018.
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Joe Davidson and his parents, Jack and Linda Davidson, opened the west-side Jimmie's Diner in 2016. It closed in December 2018.

Wichita learned back in March that a Pizza Ranch restaurant would take over the space at 2121 N. Tyler that had previously held a west-side Jimmie’s Diner and was known as the longtime home of Tommy’s.

But since then, nothing has really been happening at the space, which is just across the street from the Warren Theatre. Lately, I’ve been getting several e-mails a week from people wondering if Pizza Ranch is still coming.

It is, said Doug Wessley, the restaurateur bringing Pizza Ranch to Wichita and who already has LaMar’s Donuts and Cold Stone Creamery franchises in Wichita. He’s hoping it will be ready to open in December.

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The former Tommy’s space at 21st and Tyler, which most recently held Jimmie’s Diner, will be home to a new Pizza Ranch restaurant later this year. Travis Heying The Wichita Eagle

Wessley, who originally had hoped for a fall opening, is putting the new Pizza Ranch into the entire 7,500 square feet that Tommy’s once had, and his crew had trouble planning around two structural walls that couldn’t be moved, he said.

“It took a lot longer than we wanted to trying to get the layout done,” he said. “But it’s going be pretty cool once it’s done.”

He estimates that people will start noticing construction happening in about a month.

Pizza Ranch, a chain founded in Iowa in 1981, features a buffet offering not only pizza but also big salad bar, fried chicken and fixings and desserts. It also has a big arcade room.

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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.
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