Carrie Rengers

Mort’s parking lot party to have a sports twist this year

Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar is having another parking lot party, this time for boxer Nico Hernandez and the weigh-in before his weekend bout.
Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar is having another parking lot party, this time for boxer Nico Hernandez and the weigh-in before his weekend bout. The Wichita Eagle

There’s no emergency this year, but Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar is once again having a parking lot party.

Last year, the popular Old Town bar at 923 E. First St. worked with the city to get an emergency ordinance to allow drinking in its parking lot for its 20th anniversary celebration.

Now, the manager for boxer Nico Hernandez has requested that the weigh-in before his Saturday bout at Hartman Arena be just outside of Mort’s.

“He wanted to have (a) place for the weigh-in that was famous in Wichita – a place where everybody would know where to go,” says Mort’s founder and co-owner Morrie Sheets, who also is vice president of operations for Hartman Cos.

“I said, ‘Well let me jump through the hoops.’ 

Sheets says CBS Sports Network will be at the event, which is at 6 p.m. Friday and is free to the public.

Children are allowed at the event, though not within Mort’s. There will be about 100 chairs available.

There won’t be alcohol in the parking lot this year. Sheets says the request came a day too late to make it work. There will be water and other things for sale in the parking lot, and drinks are, of course, available for people to have at the bar.

Sheets contemplated using the lot for the Mort’s anniversary party again in three weeks but decided against it “because it’s a pain in the butt.”

Parking lot parties require fencing and temporary bathrooms.

Even though they’re a hassle, Sheets says it can be worth it.

“I think we’re going to try to do it more.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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