The east side is getting its own Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
Topeka resident Ryan Wenrich, who opened the west-side Dickey’s on North Maize Road last year, is opening a second one at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.
“That’s obviously a growing part of town with all the development that’s going in north of there,” Wenrich says. “The east side of town is headed that direction.”
He says he hopes to attract diners from Andover as well.
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The Texas-style barbecue chain first came to the Wichita area last spring when Newton residents Shawn and Madeline Stobbe opened a Dickey’s in their hometown.
The east-side Dickey’s will be in 2,100 square feet, which is about the size of the west-side restaurant.
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.
Wenrich says business has been “right on target with what we expected” on the west side, with weekend sales being even better than projected. He says catering has yet to take off, but he’s not concerned.
“That will come once people see what we can do catering wise.”
Wenrich says there are a lot of repeat customers on the west side.
“The whole town has been very welcoming and very accommodating,” he says. “It’s very nice to hear the compliments about how good the food is.”
Wenrich says he’s opening a couple of Dickey’s restaurants in Kansas City before the east Wichita one, which he hopes to open by late 2015.
“It is all new construction, so there’s a lot of hoops to jump through to get open.”
A third Wichita Dickey’s is a possibility as well.
“I’ve got my feelers out elsewhere,” Wenrich says.
First, though, he says, “I want to make sure these work.”