Carrie Rengers

A&W to open near Kellogg and Rock Road on May 15

A short week after opening Wichita’s first Qdoba Mexican Grill, Eric Estes is opening his second A&W here.

Estes opened his first Wichita A&W in front of Lowe’s on Maize Road a year ago, and he says he’s had “a lot of requests” from people visiting there to open on the east side.

A&W opens at 547 S. Rock Road, which is near the southwest corner of Kellogg and Rock Road, on May 15.

So how does a restaurateur open two different restaurant concepts a week apart?

“We have two different teams,” Estes says.

He says the Qdoba opening “was nutty.”

“We had people waiting, sleeping in their car,” he says.

When the doors opened at 10:30 a.m., he says, “They were, like … running.”

The first few through the doors received free meals.

Though Estes is already thinking about another Qdoba for Wichita – likely to come next year – he’s not planning more A&Ws at this time.

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