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Restaurant in Old Town, Wichita

Serving Local Flavors and Eclectic Ambiance

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Public Old Town Wichita Restaurant
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Reservations

Are you interested in dining at Public’s indoor dining room or outdoor patio? We encourage you to make a reservation online to ensure your party is accurately accommodated. If there are no time slots available for your desired reservation, call us at (316) 263-4044 to discuss additional availabilities.

 

 

 

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Click the link above find a table in our dining room or on our patio. Please call for larger tables or submit the event inquiry form for groups of 25 or more. We look forward to hosting you!

“Such a cool, eclectic place with lots of seating. The place is huge! I ordered the fried chicken sandwich, which was the special of the day, and a salad. Very good! It looks like it would be a fun place to visit at night for a concert or happy hour.”

- Katie K.

“One of the coolest restaurants in town! Great food, wonderful service, and farm-to-table! I love this place and will be going back!”

- Laura P.

“Great venue for a relaxing evening of live music, drinks, and dinner. They have a very good menu of items. I highly recommend the seafood or eggplant with lentils, very flavorful. The cocktails are awesome as well!”

- Cheryl C.

“Very charming. The outdoor area is versatile for sunny brunches or intimate live music. Their menu is rustic, and they have a lovely selection of seasonal cocktails.”

- Drew D.

"Great menu and a good selection of beer. The atmosphere is fun, and the staff is really nice.”

- Brian S.

“This hidden gem in Old Town has amazing food and delicious cocktails. They use local ingredients to support the local economy! The atmosphere is definitely unique; this is one of the coolest places to eat in town.”

- Christine S.

“One of the best restaurants in Wichita. Public has a great atmosphere and fabulous service. Their food is local and seasonal and always cooked to perfection. On top of it all, the prices are great!”

- Kristin S.

“‘Awesomest' pub in Old Town! Comfortable, relaxing, creative. The hummus platter is a healthy meal alternative—lots of interesting items on the menu. I'm looking forward to coming back for more!”

- Gordon B.

“I have been a fan since their inception. They have a cozy environment with an awesome, eclectic menu. They are always featuring something new on the taps, and they make one of my favorite cocktails in city limits, the ‘Public Smash’.”

- James B.

“One of my favorite restaurants in Wichita! Great atmosphere, intriguing menu, and awesome service.”

- Danielle R.

“One of Wichita's premier restaurants. Great ambiance, interesting menu, and quality bar. In the heart of Old Town, you will always see someone you know.”

- Ted A.
Public

Live Music & Events

Enjoy your favorite Public dishes and tasty cocktails while experiencing a concert at Wichita’s finest outdoor music venue. Explore the upcoming events calendar or follow Brickyard on Facebook to stay up to date with all of your favorite bands and artists. 

For More on Upcoming Live Music

Joe Stumpe

5:30

Joe Stumpe

5:30
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

It’s Friday, join the After-Work Party at 5:30pm with food and drink specials and FREE entertainment from acoustic artist Joe Stumpe.

Pride Party with DJ Sunshine

9:00 PM

Pride Party with DJ Sunshine

9:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS
Join us for our Pride Party with DJ Sunshine! You’re gonna love our colorful drink specials.
🌈 Drag Show, 10 pm to 11 pm featuring 🌈
‣ Lorelei Stephens
‣ Mattie Madison
‣ Krysta Radience
‣ and Effie Darling
🎧 DJ Chase Moses
🦄 DJ Sunshine will finish the night with EDM House vibes.
‣ 21+
‣ $10 to Enter
‣ Don’t forget to bring cash to tip the queens

Buffalo Rascal

6:00 PM

Buffalo Rascal

6:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Enjoy a free performance from Buffalo Rascal, local 4-piece bluegrass band covering all your favorite americana, folk and bluegrass classics. Music from 6PM – 8PM, no cover, all ages welcome!

A Band In Kansas

9:00 PM

A Band In Kansas

9:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

A Band In Kansas revives all your favorite late 90’s and early 2000’s alternative rock favorites with a high energy show and special guests! Doors open at 8:00PM with a $10 cover, music starts around 9:00PM, 21+ to enter.

Father's Day BBQ & Music Pop-Up

11 am to 5 pm

Father's Day BBQ & Music Pop-Up

11 am to 5 pm
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Celebrate Dad at our Father’s Day BBQ Pop-Up on our patio! We’ll have ribs straight off the smoker and burgers, of course. Open 11 am to 5 pm. Music from Steffanie Moore & Casey Abay from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Martin Bowie Jazz Duo

7:00 PM

Martin Bowie Jazz Duo

7:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Enjoy live jazz music from the Martin Bowie Duo performing a FREE show on the Brickyard patio!

Full dinner and bar service from Public at The Brickyard available 5-9. Music starts at 7pm, all ages and doggos welcome.

Jamie Quick

7:00 PM

Jamie Quick

7:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Enjoy a free performance from local singer/songwriter Jamie Quick with acoustic covers and originals from 7 PM to 9 PM. No cover, all ages welcome!

Old Sound

5:30 PM

Old Sound

5:30 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Old Sound rolls into town from Kansas City with their spin on the traditional bluegrass sound! Enjoy the after-work party starting at 5:00PM with music starting around 5:30PM.

Cover starts at 8:00PM for the late show with Wichita americana rock band Delano.

Delano

8:00 PM

Delano

8:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Americana rock band Delano returns to the Brickyard stage Friday June 21st with a high energy set of originals and covers. $10 at the doors at 8:00PM with Delano starting closer to 9:00PM.

Enjoy a free early show with Old Sound around 5:30PM with full dinner service from PUBLIC to the patio from 5-9.

Jared Brown Duo

6:00 PM

Jared Brown Duo

6:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Jared Brown & at least one Dirt Road Misfit bring all your favorite country covers and originals to the Brickyard patio with a FREE performance at 6pm! Enjoy full dinner and drink service from Public, all ages welcome.

Sambrazita

9:00 PM

Sambrazita

9:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Get ready to move your feet to the fresh sound of Sambrazita, Wichita’s only Brazilian party dance band! Performing for the first time on the Brickyard stage, we’re excited to have these new friends in the house. Doors open at 8pm, Sambrazita on around 10pm. $10 cover, 21+ to enter.

 

William Flynn Jazz Trio

6:00 PM

William Flynn Jazz Trio

6:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Enjoy FREE entertainment on the patio with the William Flynn jazz trio. Music starts at 6pm with full food and beverage service from Public at the Brickyard all night. All ages welcome!

Sage Judd Band + Estrada Brothers

8:00 PM

Sage Judd Band + Estrada Brothers

8:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Local jazz pianist Sage Judd has been working hard on a new full band rock album of original music and it’s time to hear it live! Enjoy the Sage Judd Band and opener The Estrada Brothers, with a special free performance on Thursday June 27th. All ages welcome!

Just Tori

5:30 PM

Just Tori

5:30 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Enjoy acoustic covers and originals from “Just Tori” with a free performance at the Brickyard for the after-work party. Doors open at 5:00PM with full dinner service to the patio from PUBLIC. Music from Tori begins around 5:30PM. All ages welcome!

Nostalgia

8:00 PM

Nostalgia

8:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Nostalgia returns to the Brickyard stage with pop, rock, and R&B covers to get you dancing! $10 cover starts at 8:00PM with music starting closer to 9:00 PM. 21+ to enter

Taylor Fugitt

6:00 PM

Taylor Fugitt

6:00 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS
Enjoy covers and originals from country singer/songwriter Taylor Fugitt with a FREE acoustic performance on the Brickyard patio!
Full dinner and bar service from Public at The Brickyard available 5-9. Music starts at 6pm, all ages and doggos welcome.

Lucky People

9:00 PM

Lucky People

9:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Party cover band Lucky People returns to the Brickyard stage Saturday June 29th. Grab the crew and come sing-along with pop and rock covers you know! Cover starts at 8:00PM with the band going on around 9:00PM. 21+ event.

Seven Teller w/ The Plains & Absolute Sway

8:00 PM

Seven Teller w/ The Plains & Absolute Sway

8:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS
It’s a jam band kind of night, come celebrate Independence Day with us at the Brickyard! Seven Teller is a groove rock band on tour from Maryland. Wichita artists The Plains and Absolute Sway kick off the show at 9pm. Doors open at 8pm, $10 cover.

Daydream

8:00 PM

Daydream

8:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Daydream is a 9-piece band from right here in Wichita that plays thoughtful, original compositions. We’re stoked to have them back on the Brickyard stage Friday July 5th! Doors open at 8pm with the band going on around 9pm. $10 cover, 21+ event.

Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers

8:00 PM

Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers

8:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Welcome Dirty Red and The Soul Shakers to the Brickyard stage with their modern-day powerhouse blues sound! Doors open at 8:00pm and the band goes on at 9:00pm until last call! $10 cover, 21+ event.

EPIC

9:00 PM

EPIC

9:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS
EPIC brings all your favorite 70’s and 80’s arena rock anthems to the Brickyard stage Saturday June 1st.
Cover starts at 8pm. Band starts around 9pm and rocks until last call. 21+ event. Let’s party!

Heartland Legends Unleashed: A Tom Petty & Bob Seger Tribute Extravaganza!

8:00 PM

Heartland Legends Unleashed: A Tom Petty & Bob Seger Tribute Extravaganza!

8:00 PM
Admission:
$20 - $25
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS

Get ready for a night of timeless rock ‘n’ roll as we present the ultimate tribute to two legendary icons – “Petty Thieves” A Tom Petty Tribute and “Silver Bullet” A Bob Seger Tribute. Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the music that has stood the test of time!

“Petty Thieves” – A Tom Petty Tribute Like Never Before!
Experience the heartland rock magic as “Petty Thieves” takes the stage, faithfully recreating the hits of Tom Petty. From “Free Fallin'” to “I Won’t Back Down,” get ready to sing along to every classic that made Tom Petty a rock legend. Close your eyes, and you’ll swear you’re at a Tom Petty concert!

“Silver Bullet” – Bob Seger’s Timeless Hits Live!
Feel the soulful melodies and gritty vocals of Bob Seger brought to life by “Silverbullet.” This tribute band captures the essence of Seger’s greatest hits, including “Night Moves,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” and more. Prepare to be transported back to the golden era of American rock!

Jet City

9:00 PM

Jet City

9:00 PM
Admission:
$10
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
DETAILS
Jet City will have you dancing all night covering all the songs you grew up with and love from Journey, AC/DC, Boston, Guns & Roses, Janice, Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Chili Peppers, Lincoln Park, Def Leopard, INXS, STYX Queen, and the Eagles just to name a few. Always a packed house and fun crowd participation games with the band. Don’t miss it! Cover starts at 8pm, the band plays 9pm until last call. 21+ event.
Enjoy dinner and drinks on the patio for a free early show with one-man band Mike Oregano from 6-8.
About Us

Our Story

About Public

Public is an all-inclusive farm-to-table eatery for the whole family! Adjacent to Brickyard, Old Town’s premier outdoor music venue, we first opened our doors in 2012 for dinner service with the goal of serving fresh and regionally sustainable ingredients to create our take on the flavors of local cuisine. We achieved this by partnering with various local vendors and designing an eclectic menu transcending the old and the new. Our original menu derived much of its inspiration from the nostalgia associated with our historical location and Travis’ experience growing up in that space, combined with the culinary influence of the current trends originating in St. Louis at that time. From our nationally recognized food to our laid-back atmosphere, there is something for everyone at Public!

A Nod to History

If you catch yourself enjoying a craft cocktail or Wichita-style pizza at Public, make sure to stay and enjoy our unique ambiance! Our decor remains a nod to our family’s history and connection with the Brickyard building. Our style is constantly changing, as we are always searching for new and old artifacts to display and uncommon items to repurpose! With light fixtures made of mason jars from Travis’ great aunt’s farm, tables constructed from floorboards extracted from the Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, church pews from Saint Joe’s church in the early 1900s, and decorative bathroom tiles from the bank that John Dillinger robbed, you’ll find many historical and local details incorporated throughout the restaurant. Not to mention the assortment of old newspaper articles and some of our favorite concert posters. We challenge you to find them all!

Meet Our Team

Travis Russell

Owner / Executive Chef

Travis Russell

Owner / Executive Chef

If you know me, you know I’m always cooking or listening to a podcast about cooking. Well, that, or Wichita Public Radio (KMUW). I received my master’s degree in printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis before moving back to Wichita to create flavorful and fresh dishes at Public. I believe that cooking is a technical art—much like printmaking. There is nothing I love more than cooking, except for gardening, watching KU football, and hanging with my two boys and wife.

Brooke Russell

Owner

Brooke Russell

Owner

If you find yourself at Public, halfway through one of our signature Wichita-style pizzas, you might see me corralling my two boys around the restaurant. They love to hang out in the kitchen and behind the bar— go figure! I initially started my career as a reporter working in the television industry in St. Louis before eventually moving back to Wichita with my husband, Travis, to open Public. It has been one wild ride! Like all true love stories, Travis and I first met while working at a Lawrence restaurant called Pachamamas, and I, of course, trained him. But, if you were to ask me about my greatest love? Trash television, specifically on Bravo.

Ambyr Caster

Sous Chef

Ambyr Caster

Sous Chef

Jake Martin

Kitchen Manager

Jake Martin

Kitchen Manager

Whitney Goldberg

Front of House & Events Manager

Whitney Goldberg

Front of House & Events Manager

In my free time, I like to relax by antiquing with my mom at all of our favorite spots around town and cultivating my green thumb in my home garden. Working at Public has made me enjoy working in the restaurant industry more than I’ve ever experienced anywhere else. The food is so delicious, and I appreciate being a part of so many special moments with our awesome guests. Not to mention my coworkers are all pretty rad!

Dallas Welch

Bar Manager

Dallas Welch

Bar Manager

I am originally from Wichita and love so much about this city. I am also a double alumnus of Wichita State University with a passion for functional fitness, the development of people, and the growth of my community. My love for Public runs so deep — from the people, farm-to-table food, craft beer, cocktails, and setting to the experience we create through the art of service.

Autumn Haverkamp

Assistant Manager

Autumn Haverkamp

Assistant Manager

My greatest passion in life is studying botany and collecting plants. Working at Public is great because I get to meet and interact with all sorts of people, and there’s no time to be bored! I stay busy with various hobbies and am constantly getting distracted by the next thing. I also am, like, really good at carrying a lot of things in my hands at once.

Terry Johnson

Facilities

Terry Johnson

Facilities

Terry started working at Public in its first year of operation. You can always count on Terry to bring positive energy and style to the kitchen. And if the Sooners are on TV, you might see him cheering on his team in the dining room.

Public

Visit Us

Public is a family-owned, farm-to-table eatery adjacent to Old Town’s premier outdoor music venue. Come see us today to try our wide variety of craft beers and enjoy our outdoor live music events, or bring the entire family for Sunday brunch. From our eclectic menu to our unique restored-warehouse ambiance, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Public!

Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday : 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: Open for Special Events

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