Among the varied reactions to the Brad Paisley news Wednesday — he's the debut act for Intrust Bank Arena on Jan. 9 — one comment was: "They should have gotten Taylor Swift ."
Well, it looks like they have, though not until April 1.
According to www.taylorswift.com , she's playing Wichita on that date. The site doesn't list the venue, but indications are Intrust is it.
"We can neither confirm nor deny that Taylor Swift is performing at the Intrust Bank Arena," says Beth King of King Merj Public Relations . King also is spokeswoman for SMG , which manages the arena.
Look for more news on Swift's appearance soon.
Borin in business
As expected, Michelle Borin has made a deal to be the new owner — along with her son, Brandon —of the Garage in Delano by Nov. 1.
"I am going to keep the same name," Borin says. "I'm not going to make, you know, drastic changes, but I am going to twist it up a little."
She's already applied for a license to allow smoking. Currently the bar doesn't allow it.
She's also going to add race car uniforms, some of which will feature fishnet stockings and go-go boots. But Borin doesn't want anyone to confuse her new business with her existing one — the well-known Michelle's Beach House gentleman's club in Derby.
"I'm not carrying... the business over to the Garage in any shape or form," Borin says. "I'm not going to have girls dancing on the bar. I'm not going to try to make anything topless. I want the community and everyone to understand that.
"I just wish people would just stop trying to judge me for what business I have currently."
Borin is planning on expanding the Garage's menu and trying to attract a downtown lunch crowd.
Delano's central location is part of what attracted her to the Garage.
"It's not going to just be a west-side or an east-side" bar, Borin says.
At night, she hopes to turn the Garage into more of a nightclub, with a DJ, karaoke and an occasional live band.
And Borin says although she doesn't want her employees to look like dancers, "Yes, my waitresses are going to be sexy."
Combo of cultures
After a brief hiatus out of the restaurant business, Syed Abbas is back.
This week, he opened Zaytun , which means olive, in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.
"I have brought a combination... of four different cultures," Abbas says of his restaurant.
He says he has Persian, Turkish, Lebanese and "indo-pak" (Indian and Pakistani) food.
Abbas started his career a quarter century ago with the late Antoine Toubia of Latour .
His most recent industry job was as food and beverage director for the Hilton Wichita Airport .
Abbas has been with a friend's computer company for the past year.
He now wants to offer the city the kind of food diners don't typically have here every day.
"To me, there is no food better than Persian food. It is very simple food. Lots of kabobs."
Abbas is a Pakistan native, but he says, "I'm more Wichitan than anything else."
You don't say
"Security needs to be extra tight that night to keep Kanye from bum-rushing the stage."
—Associated public relations director Shawn Steward's comment on the Have You Heard? blog after hearing Taylor Swift is coming to Intrust Bank Arena