Carrie Rengers

Steel, a club and restaurant, to open north of Intrust Bank Arena

Levi King stands in what will be the patio area for Steel, a new club and restaurant not far from Intrust Bank Arena.
Levi King stands in what will be the patio area for Steel, a new club and restaurant not far from Intrust Bank Arena. The Wichita Eagle

With Intrust Bank Arena’s opening in 2010, there was an expectation that bars and restaurants would follow in the area around it.

That didn’t immediately happen, but slowly more are opening.

The latest is Steel, a club that also will serve food at 221 N. St. Francis. That’s just north of the Loony Bin and south of the Coleman museum.

“It’s downtown, and it’s got free parking across the street, so that makes access really easy,” says Levi King, who will manage the business.

He says the owner prefers to remain anonymous but that this is her first bar.

“The building is pretty large,” King says of the space’s 3,600 square feet.

It’s where iPortrait Studio used to be.

There’s another 1,500 square feet for a patio out front.

King says there will be a lot of steel accents in the club, which are inspiring the name.

“We’re … going for a really industrial look,” he says. “The bar’s going to be made completely out of steel.”

Steel will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily and have half-priced drinks from 4 to 8 p.m. “to get that working-man crowd in there after work,” says King, who says he’s managed a number of bars.

There will be live music on Fridays and a DJ on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

King says the food menu will have home-style dishes.

“It’s going to be a lot of hearty food. A lot of big food.”

Nancy Shih of Re/Max Realty Centre handled the deal.

King says he hopes to open Steel by the end of November. Look for more information along with a video tour of the business then.

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

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