Carrie Rengers

Lawsuit seeks back rent for Rowdy Beaver

Kellogg & West LLC , which owns the building where Rowdy Beaver used to be, has filed a lawsuit against RSM Management and Rod Minner and Sharon Minner to obtain back rent.

The suit says the Minners owe $40,000 in rent through Dec. 15, late fees of more than $3,000 and the cost of utilities, insurance, taxes and the remainder of rent that would become due after December.

It's not clear how long the Minners' $10,000-a-month lease was for at 656 S. West St.

Neither the Minners nor the attorney for Kellogg & West returned calls for comment.

The Rowdy Beaver closed in the fall after problems stemming from its liquor license.

The restaurant and bar's liquor license renewal was held up due to 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.

At the time, Rod Minner said the business had reached a critical point and couldn't keep operating without its liquor license.

A short jaunt

Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Whole Foods likely was making a short move from Twin Lakes to Clear Lakes Shopping Center at 2315 W. 21st St.

It's now a done deal.

The Twin Lakes lease is up at the end of this month.

The addition of Whole Foods at Clear Lakes brings that center to 100 percent occupancy.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate represented Whole Foods in the deal, and Landmark's Austin Kinzle represented Clear Lakes.

Home bound

ChiArt Studio is not renewing its lease in Delano when it's up in March.

"You know, in this economy, we just can't keep doing this," says Susan Bane , who owns the business with her husband, Randy .

They will no longer have a showroom for art, but the Banes will continue the rest of their business out of their east-side home.

"We're saving a lot of money by doing that," Susan Bane says.

The Banes will continue teaching fine art and faux finishing and will still offer their house painting and design services.

They already had stopped selling house paint and interior finishing products.

"We really don't need a storefront," Susan Bane says.

She plans a huge moving sale, possibly next month, but she's already looking to start selling a lot of items like display racks.

You don't say

"What do I know? I'm just a dumb plumber."

—A saying on seven sweatshirts (one for every day of the week) Diane Frederick had made for her husband, Ray Frederick of Frederick Plumbing & Heating , to wear to his new job as interim president of the Wichita Area Technical College