Carrie Rengers

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria to open in east Wichita

Jeremy Horn’s “serious” hunt is over.

In May, Horn told Have You Heard? that he and Greg Gifford were looking for space in east Wichita for their Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria.

Now they’ve found it at the 5,600-square-foot former Kyoto Steak House of Japan restaurant. That’s at 535 N. Woodlawn, which is at Central and Woodlawn on the opposite end of a center where Great Harvest Bread Co. is.

“There’s some nice neighborhoods in that area,” Horn says.

The inside of the space “is pretty close to what we’re looking for,” he says.

That’s in part because the restaurant space is already fairly open, which is similar to the first Wichita Brewing Co., which opened at 13th and Tyler in 2011.

“We want it to have the same sort of look and feel as the west-side restaurant,” Horn says of the new one.

Though he doesn’t expect to have to do as much work on the new space, Horn says he’s allowing himself more time. He estimated the first location would take two or three months to remodel, and it took six. Now he’s giving himself six months and won’t be surprised if he doesn’t need it all.

“We want to have it open before spring break.”

Horn says business has been great.

“We’ve well exceeded our initial expectations,” he says. “We hit a niche that no one else was filling, at least out west.”

Even though a couple of other brewery businesses are in the works, including Central Standard Brewing and the Hopping Gnome, Horn says the market can support more.

“The number is still low per capita.”

Jeff Greenberg of CMG Properties handled the deal for the former Kyoto space.

Horn and Gifford also recently signed a deal for a new production facility at 727 E. Osie.

“We bought Tallgrass Brewing Co.’s old brewing systems,” Horn says.

He and Gifford plan to offer beer in cans and kegs that will be distributed through the House of Schwan to restaurants and liquor stores around the area.

“We’re just going to focus on the Wichita market,” Horn says, “and see where it goes from there.”

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