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New Central Branch YMCA will have a restaurant with grab-and-go items from the Hyatt Regency Wichita

WICHITA — Somewhat against Dennis Schoenebeck's better judgment, there's going to be a restaurant in the Greater Wichita YMCA's new Central Branch when it opens in December.

"We just kind of have been reluctant to do it," says Schoenebeck, who is general executive of Y system.

"People have asked for it," he says of food at all the Y branches. "I always felt that if you can't do it well, we'd rather not do it."

He relented in part because the Hyatt Regency Wichita will run the restaurant, which will be something of a grab-and-go service instead of a full-fledged restaurant. There will be sandwiches, salads and smoothies along with some seating.

"This is going to be, I think, a learning experience for us," Schoenebeck says.

If it goes well, food service is a possibility at other branches as well, he says, although "there's no great master plan."

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