Carlos O'Kelly's goes green

The Wichita-based Carlos O'Kelly's restaurant chain has launched an effort to be environmentally friendly and reduce energy consumption.

Late last week, the company replaced all its neon signage at the Carlos O'Kelly's at 29th and North Rock Road with new ultra thin LED rope lighting. This move comes on the heels of its rollout of a tapioca-based carryout bag that will biodegrade in 12 weeks and a paperless payroll system.

Jon Rolph, executive vice-president of the chain, said the signage changes will reduce energy consumption by 77 percent.

The LED lighting, done by TriMark Signworks of Wichita, cost $24,000 and if it produces the anticipated savings, Rolph said he expects to install the same rope lighting in all 47 stores.