After four successful years in its current location at 6140 E. 21st St, it’s time for Headshots Bar and Grill to level up. Moving to a new location with more room and even more potential, Headshots adds an expansion pack to the current restaurant.
Opening in 2013, Headshots was the first video gaming bar in the state of Kansas. Serving up pub food, craft beer and a variety of video gaming options, the unique bar was well-received in Wichita, often holding events that required owner Ryan Revard to hold the door at the restaurant’s 130 occupant capacity.
“Nerd culture is in the mainstream now. People aren’t shy about it anymore, so this is really a market that’s been unserved until now,” Revard said. “We really built a community over the last four years, and Headshots has become a central hub for the local gaming community.”
The restaurant’s growth wasn’t just in the number of visitors it saw. Over the past for years, Headshots unlocked several new achievements adding about 60 new craft beers and a full American pub-style menu featuring burgers, wraps and small plate appetizers.
Due to the restaurant’s success, it’s time to level up.
Reaching a New Level
“We need more space,” Revard said in his Kickstarter campaign, which details the restaurant’s plans and goals for the future. Revard signed a 10-year lease on a much larger property located in Brittany Center.
The new location, which has been undergoing renovation for the past few months, offers 7000 square feet, and an estimated occupancy of 225. It’s also got a much bigger kitchen, higher ceilings, bigger bathrooms, an employee office and a spacious lobby. With so much space come a lot of possibilities. Revard will not only open Headshots Bar and Grill in the new location, but he’ll also offer a cafe with coffee, pastries and board games. A walk-in beer cooler, pizza oven, overhaul on games and consoles, pinball machines and more are highlighted on the goals listed on the Kickstarter page.
“We have enough money to make it great, but not enough to make it awesome,” Revard said on Kickstarter. “The relocation and remodel is going to consume the majority of our funds and we want to be able to continue to provide the best experience possible. We can take care of the basics, but it is up to you guys to help make it awesome!”
“It’s been an overwhelming response”
After launching his campaign at about 2 a.m. on April 10, Revard says he had constant responses flowing in until about 7 a.m. After sleeping only a few hours, Revard woke to more than 70 facebook messages regarding his move and expansion. In under two days, the campaign has received $1,310 of the $5,000 needed to reach its first goal, the walk-in beer cooler.
“It’s been an overwhelming response,” Revard said.
Brittany Center offers the perfect location for the new Headshots Bar and Grill, as the strip is already booming with similar businesses.
Brittany Center: A Hub of Wichita Entertainment
“Brittany Center already has an indoor go kart track, laser tag center, tabletop game shop and an escape room,” Revard said. “We will share a wall adjacent Hero Complex, which is huge.”
Hero Complex sits as the center hub in the city for tabletop games. Supported by the city’s geeks, nerds and gamers, Hero Complex serves as an ideal neighbor and counterpart for headshots.
According to Revard, Brittany Center alone will be enough to prove wrong those who think there’s nothing to do in Wichita.
Special rewards are available for backers on Kickstarter, including tickets to a soft-opening that’s tentatively scheduled for June 29, though inspections may affect the date.
“I’ve been doing this since I was 19, and I’ll be 40 when the lease is up. This is what my life looks like now,” Revard said. “Thank you for the all the years and new life that you folks have given me.”