Thanks to Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita may once again be home to a speakeasy like ones that were here in the ’20s and ’30s.
In fact, Caffe Moderne owner Janet Rine may open one in what she says is an actual former speakeasy location.
Her husband, physician Grant Rine, has Old Town Architectural Salvage at 126 N. St. Francis, which is a former American Legion building just north of the new arena.
“The building it resides in has become too valuable,” Rine says. “We want to make better use of that store.”
So this week, the Rines purchased the former Immanuel Baptist Church at 147 S. Hillside and plan to move the salvage store to the former school on the property. More on that in a minute.