Carrie Rengers

Palmers Grill to open in old Fritz Co. space

The investors who recently purchased the former Fritz Co. Grille space near K-96 and Webb Road have a tenant for the space.

Trey Dower, who has a long history as an Old Chicago manager for several locations, is opening Palmers Grill where Fritz used to be.

"It's pretty much ready to go," he says of the space.

He's painted quite a bit, but he's not doing too much else right now.

"It's like buying an older house. When you start tearing into things, you find more than you want," Dower says. "We're really going to kind of live with it before we make further changes."

The restaurant will serve burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta and salad.

Dower is calling it Palmers after "an old family name on my wife's side."

Picking a name "was probably the hardest part. It was kind of nuts."

Picking a location was easier.

"I always liked the building," Dower says. "It's unique for restaurants anymore."

Don Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Dower likes the layout of the space and the two private dining rooms, which seat 40 and 12.

The main dining room seats 100, and the bar seats 50. There are another 32 seats on a patio and a deck.

New neighbor Menards is another factor in Dower's decision to open, as is the road that connects that stretch of businesses to the businesses near Golf Warehouse .

"It was a dead-end road before the Menards was built," Dower says.

Look for the restaurant to open around the end of February.

Have another seat

Sit @ Thai Bistro owner Nikki Phumsawarng is opening a second restaurant.

Phumsawarng opened her first Wichita restaurant in 2009 on 21st Street near Ridge Road.

Her new restaurant will be in the former Taco Shop space on Central near Oliver.

Phumsawarng says she's still working on the concept, and the name, but it will be Thai food in a modern decor.

Since there's a drive-through at the building, she's considering names like Sit @ Thai Express or Sit @ Thai To Go .

The restaurant will be able to seat about 25 for lunch and dinner. Phumsawarng also is adding a small patio.

Don Ablah of Classic Real Estate also handled this deal.

Phumsawarng was inspired to open the new restaurant in part by all the people who travel from the east side to her current restaurant.

Many times, she says, she's been told, "Hey, you have to open on the east side."

Phumsawarng also was surprised people would drive across town to eat her food. She thinks that support will help her new venture be successful.

"It should be a good one."

You don't say

"Don't worry, Thin Mints aren't going anywhere, except in your freezer."

Shelly Chenoweth , Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland CEO, responding in a news release to national reports of Girl Scouts limiting the variety of cookies being sold this year