Carrie Rengers

Old Chicago on the hunt for fourth Wichita site

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Old Chicago, the popular chain that’s been in Wichita for almost two decades, is looking for a site for a fourth restaurant here.

“We’re in the beginning stages,” says regional manager Steve Hohl. “I can confirm for a fact that nothing is signed anywhere.”

The ever-growing northeast corridor of the city is one spot the Colorado-based company is eyeing, but the hunt is not confined to there, Hohl says.

“They’re looking everywhere,” he says of the company’s real estate and development employees. “All I know is they have two or three different sites that they’re looking at. That’s really as close as we are. It could be a while before we lock down our location.”

Most likely, the restaurant wouldn’t open until 2016.

Hohl says that “2015 would be pushing it unless we signed on something quickly, but I think we’re looking at 2016.”

The chain opened its first Wichita restaurant near Kellogg and Rock Road 18 years ago. A west-side Old Chicago opened near 21st and Tyler in 2000, and an Old Town Square Old Chicago opened in 2003.

Hohl says all the stores are doing well.

“Oh, they’re doing incredible,” he says. “These three stores have been close to the top in overall … sales performers for our company. Wichita’s been a great market for us.”

The fourth Old Chicago would be similar to the other ones here except Hohl says that “it would certainly be our new prototype.”

“It’ll be cool to have a fourth location.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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