Abdul Arif is building a new retail center on this site at Twin Lakes. Huddle House will open there in April, and Chick N Max will open there this summer. Arif also is moving his law firm there. Carrie Rengers The Wichita Eagle
Abdul Arif is building a new retail center on this site at Twin Lakes. Huddle House will open there in April, and Chick N Max will open there this summer. Arif also is moving his law firm there. Carrie Rengers The Wichita Eagle

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Abdul Arif’s first Huddle House to open in April, second one to follow downtown

By Carrie Rengers

crengers@wichitaeagle.com

December 29, 2017 11:22 AM

With the news that Chick N Max is going to be the third business opening in the new retail center in front of Twin Lakes, it seems like a good time for an update on what’s happening with that center.

Some people are wondering what’s opening there, and others are wondering what’s taking so long.

Lawyer Abdul Arif is building the center, which is between Wendy’s and Pizza Hut along 21st Street just east of Amidon.

He’s planning to move his office there and open a Huddle House restaurant.

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“We had already started construction when the Chick N Max (deal) came along,” Arif says. “Because of the Chick N Max, our plans got delayed by four months by the time they got their drive-through and building plans put together.”

He says he had to resolve some issues over the drive-through with the Twin Lakes owner.

“That took some time.”

Arif also had to get approval from Huddle House.

“We kind of pulled everything together, and we’re back on track.”

He says walls will begin going up in the next week or so.

Arif hopes to be open Huddle House by the middle of April. Chick N Max will follow in early summer.

Arif also purchased the rights to do open another Huddle House in Wichita.

“Ideally, I’d like to do it downtown to cater to the crowd from Old Town and the arena after hours,” he says. “We’d love to have … one right by the river.”

Also, he says, “Somewhere in Delano would be awesome.”

Arif says he’d like to move quickly.

“As quickly as land is available.”

Huddle House isn’t the only restaurant he has in the works.

Arif, who owns Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria in NewMarket Square, has something else planned for the center at 21st and Maize Road.

It’s nothing like either of his other concepts. Look for more information early next week.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers