Events/Announcements

Church's Chicken® Announces Opening Of Newest Wichita Restaurant

Chicken Chain Continues Growth in Kansas Market With Ninth Restaurant

Church's chickenWICHITA, Kan., -- Global chicken chain Church's Chicken® continues its growth in the U.S. with a new restaurant opening in Wichita, KS. The restaurant will open to the public starting January 8, 2021, the first of the new year, with plans for a grand opening celebration slated in the days to follow. Church's fans may visit the new restaurant located at 3824 E. Harry Street, Wichita, KS 67218, and enjoy signature favorites such as the Original and Spicy Chicken, Honey-Butter Biscuits™, classic home-style sides and the new fan-favorite chicken sandwich.

"We are delighted to bring another Church's to Kansas and make our scratch-made favorites available to even more guests," said Pete Servold, EVP of Franchise and Company Operations for Church's. "The latest Wichita location marks the second in the city and the ninth in the state. Our team is looking forward to serving up the brand's big, bold flavors paired with our quality customer service." 

In addition to the freshly prepared comfort foods that are offered at a great price, the newest Wichita Church's will feature contemporary lighting inside and out, the newest exterior design and color palettes, and the latest interior seating options.

"I am honored to be a part of the Church's team and to bring the Texas inspired flavors to my hometown in Wichita," stated Mike Jizzini, franchisee of Church's Chicken. "Church's continues to thrive and positively impact many communities and beyond. As our portfolio expands, we are eager to bring the Southern hospitality to our area."

The Wichita restaurant will encompass 2,250 square ft. and feature a drive-thru. The restaurant will also offer delivery, to-go, and limited dine-in options (per current COVID-19 restrictions). Operating hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10:30 am10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am10 pm.

For more information about Church's, visit www.churchs.com.

About Church's Chicken®
Founded in San Antonio, TX, in 1952 by George W. Church, Church's Chicken, along with its sister brands Texas Chicken® and Church's Texas Chicken® outside of the U.S., is one of the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chains in the world. The brands specialize in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, Honey-Butter Biscuits™ made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value.  Church's Chicken, Texas Chicken and Church's Texas Chicken have more than 1,500 locations in 25 countries and global markets and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion.  For more information about Church's Chicken® , Texas Chicken®  or Church's Texas Chicken ® franchising opportunities, visit http://www.churchs.com/franchiseget-started.php.


Check out the Grilling Good Eats Online Store

By Mike Thayer

A-steak-on-a-grill-right-after-being-flippedI'm pleased to announce the addition of the Grilling Good Eats online store!

You'll find just about everything there to help you create that grilled masterpiece, from tongs, to wood chips, to shredder claws for that fantastic pulled pork.

Find the tools to do that Grill Master or Pit Master job right.  

Shop Now

 

 

 


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Tacos All Day

WHAT:

Baja TacosOn National Taco Day – Sunday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your neighborhood Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both)! 

This year you can enjoy your tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a FuzzyRita or bring them home for a taco party with your family! Special National Taco Day pricing is valid for dine-in, and for the first time ever will also be available for takeout and online orders** placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app.  

Fuzzy Taco Shop’s signature Baja tacos are served on the guests’ choice of tortilla, and are made with choice of protein including shredded chicken or brisket, seasoned ground beef, spicy pork, and grilled veggies, and their signature garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro and feta. Fuzzy’s breakfast tacos feature the guest’s choice of eggs, cheese, bacon, chorizo, and potatoes. 


Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of tacos. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com 

*Promotion excludes fajita, shrimp, or Mahi, including California Heat and Citrus Heat Mahi. 

**Online ordering, where available, will be limited to a 10-taco maximum; quantity limits may apply for dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid on third-party delivery orders or with any other discounts.

Baja Shredded Chicken TacoWHEN: 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here

ABOUT:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016.


Free dance fitness at Naftzger Park

 
SHiNE at Naftzger Park
 
This weekend, enjoy a unique workout rooted in traditional jazz, ballet and hip-hop, which provides the perfect balance of cardio, toning, and strength components. No dance experience is required.
 
When: Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Naftzger Park (601 E. Douglas, 67202)
Free class for ages 8 and older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
For more info on Polly your SHiNE Dance instructor visit https://www.facebook.com/shinedancefitnesswithpolly
 
Free Golf for Junior Players
 
All junior golfers play FORE FREE at any Golf Wichita Course, thanks to our friends at The First Tee of Greater Wichita!
 
Junior’s book a tee time at golfwichita.com or in the Golf Wichita app, then when checking in at the clubhouse, complete a quick Google form on their mobile device, show staff to verify and then go play for FREE!
 
The Google form must be completed for every round played, no exceptions. A junior golfer qualifies as 17 and younger. Any child under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Golf cart rental is not included in this offer.
 
Fall Fortnite Tournament
 
Alright gamers, let’s get this battle started! Compete against other players over a two week period. Week one starts with pool play, followed by a single elimination tournament during week two. Prizes will be awarded to the top 4 finishers and the tournament winner receives a $60 gift card!
 
Each player will be guaranteed 6 pool play games and 1 in bracket play, more if you aren’t a bush camper and get your favorite skin a workout. Whether you’re an OG or a Newbie we want you to compete! Here are the details:
 
September 15-17 | Pool Play
 
September 21-25 | Tournament Play
 

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


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.
Golf Memberships

Is that a bird? A plane? NO ! It's Jack the Goose Dog

 
Sign up for City Crew - Enter the Coloring Contest this weekend!
Beeatrice the Bee wants your imagination to let loose and be as creative as possible in this fun coloring contest! The coloring contest is open from July 6-20 and only City Crew members can submit their artwork to win one of three amazing prizes! Prizes include a 10’ inflatable pool, a slip ‘n’ slide and a splash pad. Winners will be announced by Mayor Whipple and Beeatrice during the Mayor’s News Briefing on July 23 at 10:45am.
 
Check out the video below to learn about improvements made at MacDonald Golf Course and our new super hero: Jack the Goose Dog!
 
Calling all ICT lovin' humans and pets!
 
 
Would you like a chance to light up the Keeper? Do you love ICT? We’re looking for the Most Spirited Wichitan and Wichita’s Proudest Pet to help us celebrate Wichita’s 150th birthday.
 
Deck out in your best ICT attire, put some flag swag on your pet, and snap some pics. Visit wichita.gov/ictspirit to submit your photos by July 26!
 
The MOST Spirited Wichitan, will be announced live on July 30 and awarded amazing prizes!

Coming to a Patio Near You, “Summer Fridays” at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

This summer Fuzzy’s invites fans to kick start the weekend early and enjoy their summer days on a patio with specials including Queso Flights and a Lime Seltzerita

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Famous Queso  Guacamole Queso and Ground Beef Queso copyFORT WORTH, TX – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop dishes out good vibes all summer long with its new “Summer Fridays” program, available now. With many companies moving towards relaxed summer hours, the fun-loving taco brand invites fans to make up for lost patio time from the spring and start happy hour early. Fuzzy’s is the unofficial patio spot for Summer Fridays – and every other day of the week.

Summer is a time to unwind and enjoy great conversation over delicious food and ice cold drinks, so with that in mind Fuzzy’s has created the ultimate starter pack to treat every day like a Friday. The Summer Fridays promotion includes new craveable Queso Flights (selections vary by location) to allow fans a delicious variety of their favorite Fuzzy’s starter as they spend their summer days on our patios. A favorite is sure to be the guacamole queso, where Fuzzy’s famous queso is topped with a scoop of guacamole made in-house daily using 100% fresh Avocados From MexicoTM. The Queso Flights will come with three flight-sized portions of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Famous Queso, Guacamole Queso and Ground Beef Queso OR Pork Green Chili Queso (selections vary by location).

Take your Friday, or any day, to the next level with a refreshing rocks or frozen FuzzyRita or a Lime Seltzerita - Fuzzy’s frozen FuzzyRita topped with a can of Truly Lime Hard Seltzer (available at participating Fuzzy’s locations).

Summer just got even better with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Free Tacos for a Year* giveaway with winners announced every Friday through August 21. Fuzzy’s will award Free Tacos for a Year to 10 lucky guests each week during the promotion. Guests can enter by making any purchase on any day during the promotion through their Rewards app or by scanning their receipt from a purchase into the Rewards app. Guests can also enter to win by sending a postcard with their name, address and email address to Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Summer Fridays Taco Giveaway, 2501 Parkview Dr., Ste. 500, Fort Worth, TX 76102. (Postcards must be postmarked by Friday, August 14 and received by Tuesday, August 18 to be entered to win.) Winners will be announced every Friday, beginning July 17.

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily share of good vibes and craving-inducing images. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com

*Winners will receive two (2) free tacos each week for 52 weeks. The two free tacos will be loaded to their Rewards app at the beginning of each week and must be used that week or the offer will expire. All winners are required to have an active Rewards account to redeem their prizes.

About Fuzzy’s Taco Shop:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016.