WICHITA — The investors who recently purchased the former Fritz Co. Grille space near K-96 and Webb Road have a tenant for the space.
Trey Dower, who has a long history as an Old Chicago manager for several locations, is opening Palmers Grill where Fritz used to be.
"It's pretty much ready to go," he says of the space.
He's painted quite a bit, but he's not doing too much else right now.
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"It's like buying an older house. When you start tearing into things, you find more than you want," Dower says. "We're really going to kind of live with it before we make further changes."
The restaurant will serve burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta and salad.
Dower is calling it Palmers after "an old family name on my wife's side."
Picking a name "was probably the hardest part. It was kind of nuts."
Picking a location was easier.
"I always liked the building. It's unique for restaurants anymore."
He likes the layout and the two private dining rooms, which seat 40 and 12.
The main dining room seats 100, and the bar seats 50. There are another 32 seats on a patio and a deck.
New neighbor Menards is another factor, as is the road that connects that stretch of businesses to the businesses near Golf Warehouse.
"It was a dead end road before the Menards was built," Dower says.
Look for the restaurant to open around the end of February.