Restaurant/Pickleball center planned for East Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

An outdoor entertainment business that's centered on pickleball is planned for East Wichita. 

"Chicken N Pickle"  plans to develop a center near 13th & Greenwich.  

The center is based on a restaurant concept from Kansas City.  It will include a rooftop bar, restaurant, areas for lawn games, along with indoor and outdoor pickleball courts.   Pickleball is seen as a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton. 

The Wichita City Council agreed to hold a public discussion on the facility on January 9, 2018. 

Pickleball is described by those that play it as several sports that require a racquet and net rolled up into one. 

"Ping pong, badminton, tennis and racquetball," said Bill Schantz. "Its more fun than all of those."

The Senior Services of Wichita hosts several pickleball games throughout the week. Many of the people who participate are excited by the prospect of more people playing pickleball and a new facility. 

"It would be great to have younger guys playing, younger ladies playing...it's just a game anybody can play," said Paul Greenman. 

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