Carrie Rengers

Neighbors Restaurant & Bar to move to Rookies space

Neighbors will move into the former home of Rookies on West 21st Street
Neighbors will move into the former home of Rookies on West 21st Street The Wichita Eagle

Neighbors Restaurant & Bar is getting some new neighbors.

The restaurant, which is known for its fried chicken, has been in Twin Lakes at the southeast corner of 21st and Amidon for more than 13 years.

Owner Chuck Giles plans to move the restaurant to the Rookies space, which opened late last year in the former Shoeless Joe’s Old Fashioned Burgers & Phillys space in Clear Lakes on West 21st Street just west of Amidon.

“I am there as just a manager, getting stuff ready to move,” Giles says.

“It’s a little bit bigger place. It’s newer. It’s easy to get in and out of.”

Where Neighbors currently is, Giles says business has been hurt by road construction and an increase in traffic at the Starbucks in front of his restaurant.

“This Starbucks thing has just killed me,” Giles says.

He says it’s time to go anyway, though.

“This place is wore out. It’s run down. For what I got (the Rookies space) for, I wouldn’t have been able to remodel this place.”

Giles says once the city and state approve all the necessary paperwork, all he’ll have to move is a few pieces of kitchen equipment.

“It’s more like a real kitchen,” he says of where he’s going. “It’s not something I’ve added things to over the years.”

As excited as Giles is to move, he says customers are expressing concern.

“People are so scared everything’s going to change and that I’m going to raise the prices. I’ve heard it all.”

He says there’s nothing to worry about. He views the move as nothing but positive, with the only changes being a few upgrades.

“God only knows how much business I could do with a bigger place and a nicer place.”

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

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