Carrie Rengers

Florida-based BurgerFi chain to open in Wichita

The Florida-based BurgerFi chain is opening in Wichita this spring at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.
The Florida-based BurgerFi chain is opening in Wichita this spring at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road. Courtesy photo

A burger chain that’s new to Wichita is going to open in the space where Pei Wei used to be at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

BurgerFi is a Florida-based chain that started in 2011 and now has more than 50 restaurants nationally, many of which are along the East Coast.

“They’re kind of slowly moving westward,” says Chris Newkirk, a CBRE broker in Kansas City, Mo.

“It’s kind of a healthier burger chain,” he says. “It’s a pretty unique offering to Wichita.”

Newkirk says part of the restaurant’s menu is on the healthier side, “but at the same time, it’s pretty palatable, too.”

The fast-casual restaurant features counter ordering with an atmosphere similar to a coffeehouse or bar.

Newkirk, who did the deal with colleague Ted Claney, says there’s a franchisee who is opening this site but prefers not to comment yet.

He thinks the restaurant will open mid-to-late spring.

“We’re pretty excited about it.”

Newkirk, who was born and raised in Wichita, also has taken over leasing at Twin Lakes at 21st and Amidon.

He says he’s interested in the opportunity to bring anything new there.

At Slawson Cos.’ NewMarket Square and the firm’s Cadillac Lake development, Newkirk says he’s especially interested in adding entertainment options.

He says west-side residents have just as many dollars to spend on entertainment as east-siders, “Yet there are so many more opportunities on the east side than the west side.”

If possible, Newkirk plans to change that.

“We’re trying really hard to bring some more entertainment out to the west side.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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