WICHITA — Drury Southwest is moving ahead with its major overhaul of the Broadview Hotel, which includes reconfiguring its restaurant space and finding an outside entity to run it.
There's not a final deal yet, but it looks like Ben Arnold of Corporate Caterers of Wichita will be the new restaurant operator and handle catering for the banquet room.
Arnold also recently took over the former Olive Tree Bistro banquet space near 29th and Rock.
A well-known Wichita chef is likely to run the restaurant for Arnold.
Arnold isn't commenting, and Broadview general manager Scott Ragatz will say only that Drury is still in negotiations for the space.
The new two-story restaurant will be near First and Waco. The front of the hotel will face the river by the time renovations are complete.
"We're excited about the new plan," Ragatz says. "We've waited a long time for the proper ownership to come in and have the wherewithal and the imagination to put a project like this together."