Carrie Rengers

Pinot’s Palette set to open in Old Town Square

It’s taken about two months longer than planned, but Pinot’s Palette is finally set to open.

The holdup in getting the paint-and-sip business open at 338 N. Mead in Old Town Square is the sipping part. Owners Don Siedhoff and Ruthanne Timm-Siedhoff, who also own the Beyond Napa liquor store next door, and Tom and Terry Johnson planned for guests to bring their own drinks when they came to paint pictures.

“The only way that you can operate a BYOB is having a drinking establishment license,” says Tom Johnson, whose day job is being president of NAI Martens.

That resulted in “a somewhat long and drawn-out process,” he says.

Pinot’s is still waiting for final approval on the license, but Johnson says he’s confident it will come before classes start on Feb. 5. If not, he says he’s seen many other BYOB establishments have a grace period in which drinks are permitted before the license is finalized.

The business is having some test painting parties this weekend.

“We’re excited to finally have the doors open,” Johnson says. “It’ll be fun.”

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

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