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The Best New Businesses of 2018 in Wichita, Ks

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Shining a spotlight on some of the best new additions to our city…

We’re a little more than halfway through the year, so we thought now would be a good idea to bring some attention to some of the businesses that are new to the Wichita Metro Kansas area. Split between food and entertainment, we did some research on what businesses have taken off. Need a nice night out? A fun weekend adventure? Just something to pass the time? Wichita is always growing, and so are its opportunities. Get out there and check out these new businesses!


The Light Dry Bar and Grill

Located on North Broadway Street, this restaurant came to life after the founder of New Life Reentry Program, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless, previously incarcerated women get back on their feet, decided that Wichita needed a place where the community could go to have fun – without alcohol. The Light provides jobs for the women being helped by New Life, as well as delicious food and a nonalcoholic bar.

Rated: ★★★★★ (5.0)
Location: 1051 N Broadway Ave, Wichita, KS 67214
Mon-Thurs 10AM-10PM
Fri-Sat 10AM-12PM
Sunday Closed

6S Steakhouse

Designed to be a “classic American restaurant,” this steakhouse, describe as “elegant” and “magnificent,” offers only the best in terms of food, wine, and service. With both private dining and a main dining area, you’re guaranteed an evening of grandeur at 6S Steakhouse, no matter if it’s a special occasion or a regular family night.

Rated: ★★★★ (4.7)
Location: 6200 W 21st St, Wichita, KS 67205
Mon-Thurs 4PM-10PM
Fri-Sat 4PM-11PM
Sunday 4PM-9PM

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Although Fuzzy’s is a franchise not specific to Wichita, this taco shop was widely anticipated and did not disappoint upon its arrival to the city. The goal of the original Fuzzy’s was simple: “It would have frosty drinks. It would have good vibes. It would be the kind of place that you never want to leave. It would be a huge, craving-inducing success.” It’s safe to say that their vision was accomplished – Fuzzy’s has a reputation as one of the best taco shops around.

Rated: ★★★★ (4.2)
Location: 306 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67206
Sun-Thurs 7AM-10:30PM
Fri-Sat 7AM-12AM


Field Station Dinosaurs

Just ten minutes south of Wichita on Rock Road is a “world-class family attraction” filled to the brim with science, artistry, and wonder. The Field Station is an experience unlike any other, since the focus is on providing dinosaur related activities and education. The exhibition serves to present the latest theories and discoveries related to the field of paleontology.

Rated: ★★★ (3.6)
Location: 2999 N Rock Rd, Derby, KS 67037
Tues-Wed, Sunday 10AM-6PM
Thurs-Sat 10AM-9PM
Monday Closed

Mark Arts

Founded in 1920 under the name Wichita Art Association, Mark Arts opened in January of 2018 after a remodel and rebranding. Formally named “Mary R Koch Arts Center,” this center for the arts offers exhibitions and galleries and, in addition, a school. Admission to the gallery is free and open Monday through Saturday. Stop by to experience work from regional and national artists!

Rated: ★★★★ (4.7)
Location: 1307 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67206
Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM
Sunday Closed

Advanced Learning Library

Officially opened in June of 2018, the Advanced Learning Library took requests from the community to become “the library of the future.” By incorporating more services – such as faster internet speed, more computers, and a coffee shop – the library hopes to become exactly what the community envisioned and more. There are multiple levels with different features, such as a place for kids, study areas, and more.

Rated: ★★★★ (4.6)
Location: 711 West 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67203
Mon-Thurs 10AM-8PM
Fri-Sat 10AM-6PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM

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