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Barn'rds still plans to open near 37th and Maize, just not quite yet

In early 2007, Barn'rds Restaurant owner Ken Hertel announced plans for a second restaurant, just north of 37th and Maize Road, near Wichita State University's west campus.

He put plans on hold though, initially due to a family illness.

Then, the economy kept him from opening, and that's still the holdup.

"We are going to go there, but we don't know exactly when yet," Hertel says. "We really are kind of just in a holding pattern."

That's even though a new Menards is opening at the intersection today.

"We're going to watch that for a while," Hertel says. "There's a lot of bare land out there yet.

"We just need some more buildings and some more house tops."

Hertel's original Barn'rds at 2037 N. Woodlawn has been open for more than 27 years.

He's still excited to open out west, but Hertel notes that he's not the only one in a wait-and-see mode.

"If the economy hadn't come to a standstill like it did, why, I think there would be more buildings right out there where the campus is," he says.

"Everybody's been sitting on their hands ever since."

So could that be about to change thanks to Menards?

"We're going to find out."