Carrie Rengers

Full Moon Pub to go in Yogi's spot on Seneca

Charlie Badeen and David Allan are at it again. The owners of Dudley's Sports Bar and Grill , Mulligan's Pub and O'Brien's Irish Pub are opening a new sports bar, this time in a new part of town.

"We have never been down south," Badeen says. "Everyone kept asking us, 'When are you coming down south?' Well, now we're coming."

They're opening Full Moon Pub and Grub at 2804 S. Seneca. That's where Yogi's Bar & Grill currently is.

The more than 6,000-square-foot space holds 220 people.

"It will have a full menu very similar to the menu at Dudley's," Badeen says of hamburgers and traditional bar fare. "It will have our pizza, as normal."

That's the popular pizza Mulligan's and O'Brien's also have.

There will be pool tables, dart boards, video games, foosball and about 20 televisions.

Today is Yogi's last day in business. Full Moon will open in a couple of weeks.

The business of art

Retired art teacher and high school counselor Janice Thacker thinks there are a lot of potential young artists in Wichita, and she wants to help them.

"I know there are some talented kids here, and they just need an outlet," Thacker says.

So Thacker wants to create an open-air market for students and others to sell art east of Grove on the southwest corner of 13th and Green streets. She's attempting to rezone the land from residential to commercial.

"The idea is to have students learn the business end of art because many people see art as an extra, and there's really a market for them to develop business skills," Thacker says.

For instance, she says, artists could create cards, scarves and jewelry, duplicate them and sell the merchandise at the market.

"They start to see there's a market for (art) as business."

In addition to helping students, Thacker says the idea is "to kind of help to change the climate of the area."

Thacker wants to use the venue for jazz and other music and "have it kind of as a landmark."

She plans to call it Ruby's Art Market after her late mother, who left her the land.

The two shared a love of art and open markets, which they saw a lot of when Thacker lived in Italy.

Thacker thinks now is an ideal time for a market like this.

"When the economy is bad, your creativity really should kick in," she says.

So what would her mother think?

"Ah! She'd be too excited."

You don't say

"Until our expansion we had to keep our fabrics in the bathroom so you can imagine how much better it is to be able to view them now!"

Sharon Nelson of Nelson Designs in an e-mail about her new expansion at the Shops at Tallgrass