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Sidman's South Seas, Wichita, KS (restaurant)
Mo-Eye
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Joined: May 17, 2006
Posts: 626
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Posted: 2009-05-11 01:04 am   Permalink

Name:Sidman's South Seas
Type:restaurant
Street:1601 E. Douglas St.
City:Wichita
State:KS
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:

I just discovered this place, but could not find much info on it.

It was owned by Jack Sidman, who was a pretty big restauranteur in the area. He opened his first restaurant in 1951, and the South Seas was opened in 1955. He had a number of restaurants, and they were all under the Sidman's System name.

Here's a pic of a South Seas menu






Sidman's South Seas was also one of the first places to introduce the all you can eat buffet in Wichita, and it became very popular because of it. I found mention of it that proves it existed and was still operational through 1964.

The building still exists today - it's an early, typical "main street" architecture type - and is now some type of a youth center. That's about all I could find. Anyone else?


[ This Message was edited by: Mo-Eye 2009-05-11 01:12 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Mo-Eye 2009-05-11 01:15 ]


 
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Baron von Tiki
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Joined: Mar 09, 2010
Posts: 86
From: Wichita KS
Posted: 2010-03-09 10:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-05-11 01:04, Mo-Eye wrote:

[snip] Sidman's South Seas : The building still exists today - it's an early, typical "main street" architecture type - and is now some type of a youth center. That's about all I could find. Anyone else?


[ This Message was edited by: Mo-Eye 2009-05-11 01:12 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Mo-Eye 2009-05-11 01:15 ]



Here's what the building looks like circa March 2010. -- No major structural modifications as far as I can tell; However, the differently colored bricks show that the walls have been repaired over the years. The front lounge-style entrance is no longer in use. Entrance is now to the side.

(PS: A proper 'newbie' introduction is forthcoming. -BVT)



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