WICHITA — There's buzz about Twin Peaks opening near 21st and Tyler where Tommy's Restaurant and Lounge closed last month, but that's only one of two west-side options for the restaurant.
"We're looking at it," says franchisee Rusty Rathbun. "There's another one that popped up."
He won't say where the other space is because "there's a restaurant in it."
Wichita's first Twin Peaks opened in the former Timberline space near 21st and Rock Road last year, and Rathbun says it's doing well.
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He says there are issues with both west-side buildings. For instance, at the former Tommy's space – where owner Michael Redick says he overspent on renovations and had to close – Rathbun says he would have to spend $1 million to remodel.
"To me, that's a little too much."
If neither space works, Rathbun says he'll go to Manhattan or Topeka next. His preference is to find west-side space first, though, and he'd like to be open by September.
"I've got to have something nailed down in May before I can open in September," Rathbun says. "We're crossing our fingers ... and hoping we can."