Carrie Rengers

Sports bar Jerseys is opening at K-96, Webb

Jerseys Grill and Bar is opening near K-96 and Webb Road in the space where Johnny Carino's closed earlier this year.

"We are going to have the biggest, best sports bar and restaurant in Wichita," says Kefford Vincent , who is managing the restaurant with an intent to become an owner.

"How 'bout that for a description?"

Vincent says he has helped open several restaurants in the Wichita area.

"I'm tired of making other people successful," he says. "I'm going to make myself successful."

The restaurant, which will seat 181, will have 25 TVs and two 110-inch screen projectors. There also will be an arcade-style game room for children. Vincent says he may add a patio next year.

Jerseys will have a lot of traditional bar fare, such as cheese fries and pizza, but Vincent says there won't be any frozen food like some bars have.

"Everything that we're doing, we're doing fresh," he says.

For dinner, he says, "We'll have everything from chicken tenders to prime rib."

Vincent says he's not doing a great deal of remodeling. He plans a Dec. 2 opening.

Around town

There are several pockets of activity that have readers wondering what's going on. Here's an update — or, in some cases, a reminder.

* There's more construction happening near where the new LongHorn Steakhouse has been built in front of the Lowe's near 29th and Maize, but it's not for another restaurant or shop.

It's simply an extra parking lot behind the steak house, which will open in mid-December.

* Colorado-based Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage is close to opening in the former Borders Books space at 1715 N. Rock Road.

The grocery will open Nov. 23. The chain's first Kansas store opened Nov. 11, 2010, in Lawrence.

The store sells organic produce, gluten-free products and offers nutritional education and counseling.

What shoppers won't find is anything with high-fructose corn syrup, sugar substitutes or hydrogenated oils, among other things, which — as a spokeswoman puts it — makes studying labels a little easier.

* Right at Home , which offers in-home care and assistance, has moved just down from where it has been in the shopping center on the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge.

The business this week moved into the former Ruthie's Hallmark space, which offers more room.

* Finally, except for Chick-fil-A questions, the most popular question we've heard lately is, "What's that building by the McDonald's at 21st and Rock?"

Laham Development is building a new retail center at Tallgrass Plaza , which is at the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road where a BP filling station used to be.

Vitamin Shoppe is the first announced tenant for the 6,200-square-foot center. Look for an announcement on the second tenant soon.