WICHITA — Walt's Great American Sports Bar & Grill owner Larry Doss and his daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Chauncey Kent, are opening another east-side Walt's.
This one will be strictly a hamburger place – not a bar like the Walt’s in Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock.
The new restaurant will be in the former Smashburger space near 35th and Woodlawn.
"We thought it would be a great idea," Doss says.
Smashburger opened in the spot in 2008 and then in 2009 hired Sullivan Higdon & Sink to help revamp its image after not starting as strongly as corporate hoped. Then the chain sold the location to a franchisee, who last year closed it.
Doss isn't concerned about Walt's potential success in the space. He never ate at Smashburger, but he says from what he heard from people who did, "The price point was pretty extreme."
Look for the more inexpensive Walt's to open in the next month or two.