The long-vacant former McDonald’s at 2615 W. 13th St., which is just west of Meridian in the Indian Hills area, is about to come to life again as another restaurant.
“We’re opening a coffee shop that’s going to be offering our self-proclaimed best coffee in Wichita,” says operations manager Austin Friend.
Owners Steven R. Jones and Karen Kurtz are opening Twisted Java Coffee Bar at the end of May.
Kurtz is a former Papa Murphy’s franchisee, and Jones formerly was in the car business out of state.
Friend says he and Jones and Kurtz are trying to bring back the feeling of the former Riverside Perk.
“We’re hoping to bring back the wide variety and selection and cool hangout spot … that they created and helped bring in,” he says.
“We’re really trying to meld the two hemispheres of coffee bar and sports bar together without alcohol,” Friend says. “We’ve got every single sports channel there is to offer.”
Twisted Java will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Initially, the business will be closed on Sundays, though that could change.
“We’ve done a lot of research into coffee beans,” Friend says. “We wanted to be able to provide a better coffee for less price than the big dogs out there.”
The shop will serve Novo Coffee. The company is based in Denver, but Friend says, “The blends that we’re getting are being brought over from Ethiopia.” He says the country has some of the best blends of coffee available.
Twisted Java also will serve pastries, such as scones, cinnamon rolls and pies, along with ice cream, malts, shakes and sundaes. There also will be breakfast items.
Friend says he also wants to have live music, in part to support local business.
“It’s going to be cool – laid back.”
He says the coffee is the most important key to the business.
“I just think that there ought to be more businesses with a higher level of concern and care for the product they’re giving their customers,” Friend says. “We wanted to be able to provide the absolute best coffee in Wichita.