Wichita's Old Town Square is finally coming to life. The painting and construction isn't completely finished, but many businesses are already moving into the new square. The Asian Noodlery opened just an hour ago.
Old Town Square is full of Zing Zyng Noodles that is. The new restaurants owners say they're Pan Asian, not Japanese, not Chinese, just a little bit of all the influences. But Alan Bundy says his workers weren't quite ready this afternoon, so an eager lunch crowd had to wait until dinner time.
Other businesses already open include specialty shops like Lucenda's and Andy's Woods, two other gift stores and a law firm. Soon to come: Warren Theaters in June, Old Chicago in July and a dry cleaners. Developer David Burk says all of this is going to take Old Town to the next level. He continues to recruit and hopes to bring a coffee shop, Mexican restaurant and women's boutiques to the square within the year. Noodlery owner Alan Bundy says customer interest is already promising his spot will be profitable.
The last building in Old Town Square will soon be under construction. That's where developers will make room for City Arts, more parking, more retail space and 15 brand new apartments.
Burl says a Kansas City developer bought the old International Harvester Building just east of Old Town Square and plans to turn it into apartments.