Some Wichita businesses offer limited services, even close due to water main break

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 8:59 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - While a major water main break in Wichita forced several closures on Friday, some businesses found ways to stay open.

Reverie Coffee Roasters was one of them. Operations manager Drew Eerey said the business managed to keep up with its usual crowd while offering a very limited menu. He said Reverie’s espresso machines can get up to 230-degrees, but the business decided not to serve certain items like espresso or drip-brewed coffee as a precaution.

“We do have a few products to try and cold brew that we make in advance and package. So we were able to serve that in terms of drinks we make in house,” said Reverie operations manager Drew Eerey.

Being that it is Friday night, Derby Plaza Theaters also decided to keep its doors open. Owner and operator Lorie Armstrong said when the boil water advisory went into effect Thursday afternoon, she ran down the street to the grocery store to buy nearly 30 two-liter bottles of soda and ice. She said they ran out by Friday afternoon, so they started using canned soda instead.

“If we can make it through COVID, we can make it through a water main break,” said Armstrong.

Miguel Lujano manages Felipe’s Mexican restaurant on Woodlawn & 21st Street. He said his crew came in hours early on Friday to start boiling water so there would be enough clean water to work for the dinner rush.

“We have our full bar, we’re offering all of our drinks at the bar. Soft drinks, we’re doing cans. We also have some juice for the kids.”

While the businesses found temporary solutions to the problem, they all said they hope the water will be safe to drink by Saturday.

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