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Whataburger Confirms Expansion into Kansas

Whataburger Celebrates 70th Anniversary

WhataburgerSeven decades. That’s 25,550 glorious days of serving up hot, fresh Whataburgers to our customers, just the way they like it.

From day one – August 8, 1950 – when our founder, Harmon Dobson, opened up the very first Whataburger in a portable metal building in Corpus Christi, Texas. To today, 2020, a year when CEO Ed Nelson helped launch the delivery of customized Whataburgers to customers’ front doors… it’s been quite a ride.

Through it all, you have been with us. Thank you, Whataburger guest, for being by our orange-and-white striped side. It has been our honor to be your hometown Whataburger.

The adversity of the global pandemic challenged us, but it cannot take away our spirit. Together, we created new ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and life events. We are resilient in our efforts, and we will pull through this together in the spirit of hope, inside and outside our restaurant walls.

As a brand, we have 46,000 employees (we call them Family Members) who have banded together with a renewed focus. And what we’ve found – is that extra energy and compassion have yielded amazing results.

Some of it has been business focused. This year, Whataburger launched curbside and delivery service, increasing digital transactions to historic levels. With the guidance of our 15-person Strategy Council (a group of tenured Whataburger executives who set strategy and provide counsel for the brand on all major decisions), we’ve broken sales records; sharpened our operational excellence; built seven new restaurants (with nine more planned by the end of the year); promoted our president (and 16-year Whataburger veteran) to CEO; launched a new, modern restaurant design, while preserving the iconic Flying W and A-frame accents; hired hundreds of new restaurant team members; and served up three new, unique limited-time burgers.

Some of it has been people focused. We have provided and delivered hot food to our first responders and frontline health care workers. The brand awarded $1 million in scholarships to our Family Members and their dependents. We kept our restaurant teams employed so they could provide for their own families during this difficult time. And there were countless examples of how Family Members made customers’ days by picking up the tab because of a forgotten wallet or holding an umbrella while walking customers to their cars in the rain. In return, our customers made Whataburger part of their lives in the most remarkable ways: building tiny dioramas of our restaurants, saying “I Do” at their WhataWeddings, featuring us in their high school senior portraits, constructing Whataburger chicken coops and, well, swaddling their newborn babies in taquito wrappers. There is something unique and cool about all of you. About us. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

And much of our work has been future focused. We’ve got some exciting news. Whataburger is building 35 restaurants (25 company and 10 franchise) in 2021. We’re expanding into new markets (Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee) and adding to our long-standing Franchisee family by partnering with new franchisees for the first time in 20 years. And later this week, we’re unveiling our Whataburger Food Truck at an event supporting educators on Thursday, Aug. 6th.

We’ve always cared about what you care about. Over the years, the success of schools and students has been a priority for all of us. This year, we are doubling down on our efforts to support students of all ages by launching our signature Whataburger Feeding Student Success program. From hot food to classroom supplies and scholarships, the program is built to help on three levels:

  • Resource Rooms: We’ll be partnering with community colleges and universities to build resource rooms, like the one at Grambling State University announced yesterday and the one at the University of Texas at San Antonio that has supplied 32,340 pounds of food since the pandemic.
  • Scholarships: To support students in our 10-state (and growing!) footprint, the brand is designing the Whataburger Feeding Student Success Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to those attending technical schools, community colleges and four-year universities.
  • Hyperlocal Community Involvement: It takes a village. Whataburger will continue its long legacy of partnering with local schools, foundations, organizations and nonprofits to lend time, treasure and talent as they support students in achieving success.

“From all of us to all of you, thank you for the last 70 years,” said Whataburger CEO Ed Nelson. “And get ready for the next 70. With the help of our tenured leadership team, the Whataburger Family, and BDT Capital Partners, the brand is taking innovative steps to meet the needs of the next generation of Whataburger fans – while still holding true to the things that matter to our longtime customers. Stay safe. We can’t wait to celebrate in person when the time is right.”

ABOUT WHATABURGER:

Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 830 locations in 10 states and sales of more than $2.5 billion annually. Whataburger has 46,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 14 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just the way they like it. Whataburger is currently hiring restaurant leaders and offers competitive salaries, benefits and training. Visit whataburger.com for more information.


Wichita Wagonmasters cancel 2020 Downtown Chili Cookoff

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A popular downtown Wichita event held each September will not happen this year.

The Wichita Wagonmasters announced Tuesday that they have decided not to hold the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff in 2020.

A Facebook post says the organization tried to find a way to have the event while keeping people safe from COVID-19, but the organization decided to cancel this year’s event.

The Wichita Wagonmasters hope to have the cookoff next year.

via www.ksn.com


City of Wichita fights back against the Save Century II petition

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Almost three weeks after the City of Wichita was presented with a petition to “Save Century II,” the City has responded with legal action challenging the validity of the petition.

The Save Century II group delivered the petition with 17,000 signatures to Mayor Brandon Whipple on July 10.

Today, the City of Wichita filed a petition in the 18th Judicial District Court seeking declaratory judgment challenging the validity of the petition.

In a news release, the City says it supports the petition process and the right of citizens to express their opinion. But the City believes the petition is legally invalid and does not serve the citizens’ best interests.

via www.ksn.com


Winner, Winner, Pork Belly Sandwich Dinner at Prost!

By Mike Thayer

Prost Pork BellyThe chefs at Prost have come up with yet another winner, winner, special sandwich dinner!

Called “Der Anton” it’s a FANTASTIC sandwich featuring pork belly, built on a hoagie bun topped with mayo, arugula, a homemade rhubarb chutney and a spicy chili sauce.  Served with Prost's OUTSTANDING fries and a pasta salad, this meal totally shoots past the high mark on the satisfaction meter.

Inspiration leads to creation

What makes this sandwich extra special is that it was inspired by the late celebrity chef Anthony Bordain and his love for pork belly.  What Prost has done here in honoring him has resulted in the creation of a sandwich Masterpiece!  The pork belly - the most deliciously tempting pork-related item known to man, as Bordain might say - was prepared perfectly, and that spicy chili sauce combined with that rhubarb chutney just puts this sandwich over the top!  Those ingredients alone put on a piece of cardboard would taste great!  Balancing out the spicy/sweet notes is that cooling pasta salad and did I mention how OUTSTANDING Prost fries are?

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Mmmmmm, pork belly... and that sauce!  It's another dose of YUM!

The Prost kitchen continues to raise the bar in pairing GREAT flavors together!  The "Der Anton" needs to be made a permanent menu item and that spicy chili sauce/rhubard chutney deserves to be bottled that's how good it is!   This sandwich special gets 5 out of 5 stars, it's another dose of YUM and a MUST try!

Prost is located at:  2721 E. Central Ave., #101, Wichita, KS. 67214

Phone:  316-260-3220

 

 


These 15 Wichita ZIP codes have at least 100 cases of COVID-19. Five have 200-plus.

There are now 15 ZIP codes in Wichita with at least 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

A map from the Sedgwick County Health Department breaks down coronavirus testing and positive COVID-19 cases by ZIP code. The online ZIP code map’s data is updated on Mondays. It can be accessed online at www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/.

via www.kansas.com


20-year-old patient among nine new deaths from COVID-19 in Kansas over the weekend

The death of a 20-year-old patient with COVID-19 was one of nine new deaths from the coronavirus disease reported over the weekend in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s pandemic statistics showed 335 total deaths on Monday, which was an increase of nine from Friday’s report. The KDHE had previously reported the youngest patient to die was 29 years old. That changed on Monday with a 20-year-old listed.

The oldest patient die with COVID-19 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death was 99 years old. The median age is 78.

via www.kansas.com


Wichita Park & Recreation: Fall Class Enrollment is Now Open

 
Incoming! Fall Class Registration is now Available!
 
The fall Evolve Activities Guide is now online and registration is open. Don't wait to sign up for your favorite Park & Recreation, Library or CityArts programs - Classes start September 7!
 
Sign up for Summer Youth Animation Tech Camp!
 
Aug. 3-6 | Register by 7/29 noon | Ages 9-17
Learn the basics of animation and digital design. Then, design and develop a variety of fun interactive animations. Perfect for students with big imaginations!
​Fee: $160
 
It's Time for Starting New At Golf (SNAG)!
 
SNAG is the best first touch program to effectively teach the game of golf! SNAG contains all the elements of golf, in a modified form, breaking down techniques so children as young as six years old can follow along.
 
Children learn proper grip, club sizes and swing speed. The instructors are able to utilize the SNAG equipment to create a fun learning environment that will keep a child’s attention for the full session!
 
Each class is 45 minutes long and the cost to register is $30 for the entire four week session. Classes are offered on Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23.
 
Sign up for a Golf Membership!
It's the perfect time to become a member with Golf Wichita and play at any of our courses for a low monthly fee! No green fees, no restrictions! Visit golfwichita.com/membership for details.
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Wichita mayor wants city to bolster COVID response after county ‘gutted’ health order

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said he’s exploring ways to strengthen the city’s coronavirus response after the Sedgwick County Commission “gutted” an order by its public health officer aimed at closing bars and nightclubs.

The County Commission’s amendments to the order do close some nightclubs and bikini bars, but the vast majority of Wichita’s most popular bars are exempt from the order and allowed to stay open.

Whipple said he wants the city to tighten restrictions on those businesses before the coronavirus outbreak gets completely out of control.

via www.kansas.com


Sedgwick County health officer to order bars to close and limit gatherings to 15

Sedgwick CountySedgwick County’s health officer said he will be issuing an order today shutting down bars again and taking other steps to control a recent spike in COVID-19 infections.

In a report at Tuesday’s county staff meeting, Dr. Garold Minns told county commissioners the order will include some of the restrictions in place during the stay-at-home order that was lifted in May and some new ideas.

The order will include:

Restaurants that serve alcohol will be required to close at 10 p.m.

All fairs, parades and festivals will be canceled.

Public gatherings will be limited to 15 people or less.

via www.kansas.com