Restaurant in old town Wichita

Serving Local Flavors and Eclectic Ambiance

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Public Old Town Wichita Restaurant
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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. 

“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.
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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

Art in the Alley

6 PM

Art in the Alley

6 PM
Admission:
FREE
Venue:
Brickyard
129 N. Rock Island Road
Wichita, KS 67202
Details:
Join us for July’s Final Friday and enjoy art in the streets. Browse art while enjoying drinks from the Brickyard bar.
PLUS, music from Rudy Love + Squad & DJ Carbon will be going down in the Brickyard. Music starts at 6 pm.
It’s going to be a beautiful night on Rock Island!
If you’re interested in showing at a Final Friday Art in the Alley at Public, please complete this form or email WichitaCreatives@gmail.com and an organizer will be in touch to finalize plans.
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

Chef | Owner

Travis Russell

Chef | Owner

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.

Drew Thompson

Owner

Drew Thompson

Owner

I may be one of the few diehard KU football fans left in this town, aside from one of our co-owners, Travis. After spending 10 years in Washington D.C. and Seattle, I moved back to Wichita to open Public. Even better, I got the opportunity to join forces with one of my childhood friends and help fill a gap in Wichita’s beer culture. Like Travis and Brooke, my wife and I also have two little boys that keep us busy. When I’m not at the restaurant or spending time with my family, I love to read about law and am a true history buff at heart. Don’t let my studious nature fool you, though; I stay up to date on all things sports-related. Next time you’re at the restaurant, challenge me to a game of sports trivia. Good. luck.

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.

Jodi Comely

Sous Chef

Jodi Comely

Sous Chef

Originally raised in Shell Knob, Missouri, I always find myself gravitating toward the water. Eventually, I moved to Kansas to attend Emporia State University and study art history, and now love cooking tasty and reinvented classic cuisine at Public. Above all, I appreciate the opportunity to use seasonal produce and connect it to different regional classics. As a self-proclaimed outdoors person, I also enjoy hiking, visiting national parks, and getting in the water any chance that I get. I can easily sum up my experience at Public in nine words—I love Public, and I love the people. Amen.

Whitney Goldberg

Front of House & Events Manager

Whitney Goldberg

Front of House & Events Manager

My most identifying feature is that I’m a mom to two giant Italian mastiffs and one silly Savannah cat. 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. If I could relive one moment from my life, it would be taking my boyfriend’s dune buggy out on the Oregon coast! 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!

Kerry Wehner

Bar Manager

Kerry Wehner

Bar Manager

I love mixing cocktails– but my personal favorite drink is straight up tequila. I enjoy golfing, spending time with my nephews and hanging with my wiener dog. After working a late-night shift at Brickyard, I appreciate the serenity of a quiet golf course. My favorite thing to eat at Public is the brisket, hands down.

 

 

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.

Dallas Welch

Lead Server

Dallas Welch

Lead Server

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.

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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 - Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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