The Rowdy Beaver is closed, possibly for good. "We have waited for a response on the liquor license," says managing partner Rod Minner Sr.
"They are dragging their feet," Minner says of state officials. "We can't afford to run a day-to-day operation and lose money."
Minner says it's been more than a month since the Rowdy Beaver's renewal application was submitted to the state.
Initially, Minner's son, Rodney , said the restaurant and bar's attorney didn't file in time.
Then, a representative of the Wichita Police Department said there was a possible issue with something called hidden ownership, where the person whose name is on the liquor license is not the one operating the restaurant.
"We've been told... by the city of Wichita there's absolutely nothing wrong," the senior Minner says.
That's not what the city says.
"There's a lot of issues here that we've got to work through," says Tom Stolz , deputy police chief for investigations at the Wichita Police Department .
"We have issues of hidden ownership. We have issues of changing... stories," he says. "His license application here is in standby."
Minner says he's heard "absolutely nothing" from the state, even after a message was left to say the business was at a critical point.
Minner says he has an attorney involved.
"Right now, we're just waiting to see where it ends up."
Pistotnik Law Offices routinely files lawsuits, but this month it filed one on behalf of the firm.
The office has filed a civil suit in Sedgwick County District Court against former employee Vicki Olivarez and her husband, Severo Olivarez IV .
The suit alleges fraudulent and negligent acts by the two.
Vicki Olivarez was a bookkeeper for the firm from July 2002 to Sept. 4.
The suit claims that she forged checks — made out to both Olivarezes and for cash — from an unnamed trust account.
The lawsuit alleges that the forging began in July 2005 and continued until Vicki Olivarez's last day of employment.
Pistotnik's attorney, Dustin DeVaughn , declined to comment on the case.
Neither of the Olivarezes could be reached for comment. Vicki Olivarez's attorney, Roger Sherwood , didn't return a call for comment.
Also named in the suit: Pro Siding , of which Severo Olivarez is a shareholder and officer; Buess CPA , Pistotnik's accountant; and Emprise Bank , which cashed the checks.
All business — but fun
Harry Pape spent his entire career in executive management, and now he's going to relax by catering to other executives.
Pape recently retired from Midwest Single Source (and was vice president of Newman University operations before that).
He's now turning his love of cooking, which he's been doing for fundraising events for years, into a business called Chef H (www.chefh.net ).
Pape says he'll offer more than traditional catering. He plans to have what he calls in-home "dining events" for a business clientele.
"Because I've been in the business world, I understand the needs of the business people," he says.
Pape says he understands things like the need for privacy, such as when a company is recruiting someone.
Pape will bring dishes and glasses, create the food and pair wines to go with it.
"I really take all the guesswork out," he says.
He chose his company name because of a moniker an auctioneer once bestowed on him during a fundraiser.
"You know, you need a name. We're going to call you Chef H," the auctioneer said.
"I've kind of used that ever since," Pape says.
When Pape used to travel for business, he says he would collect recipes from all over.
"If I liked something in a restaurant, I would ask to meet the chef," he says.
"I always used to cook at home to relieve the tensions of the day."
And that's why Pape thinks his new business will be fun, not stressful.
"I've probably enjoyed cooking for as long as I've enjoyed eating."
You don't say
"The only thing more overrated than natural childbirth is owning your own business."
—A sign that business owner and mother Julie Bolin has at her Truck Stuff office