(WICHITA, Kan.) — Are private clubs making a comeback in Kansas?
They've been around for decades, but it seems private clubs are becoming more popular; especially with younger people.
"Its a private dining establishment, with amenities of a club atmosphere without the golf or tennis," said Lakeside Club General Manager Bryce Kuhn.
Kuhn is describing the new Lakeside Club near 21st and Webb Road. If you haven't heard about it yet, it may be because its members only.
Since it opened in January, the Lakeside Club already has one thousand members. But you can't just walk in and become an instant member, there is an application process that takes ten days to complete
Thats not a club rule, it's a requirement under state law for private clubs. Plus you have to pay to get in.
"10 dollars joiners fee and a 20 dollar per month members fee," Kuhn said.
This isn't a new concept. The Candle Club near 13th and Woodlawn has been in business 53 years.
"The advantages are we can be selective, we can be exclusive, we keep our member and costumer's business to themselves," said Candle Club General Manager John Fitzthum.
Unlike a restaurant, the Candle Club can't advertise and liquor laws are tougher for private clubs.
Its also more expensive, with a 50 dollar joiners fee and members pay 25 dollar per month or 275 for a year.
But with 1300 people signed up, the Candle Club is proving to be profitable long term.
"A guy told me the other day, I have pay $5, $10, $15 to go into a bar in Old Town," Fitzthum said. "Here I pay $25 a month and you've got great music, great food, great service."
That's what the lakeside club is hoping for as well.
"Its unlimited, its going well now," Kuhn said
Time will tell if members agree.
Right now, there are 19 different establishments considered private clubs in Wichita. Each one has to get a special license to carry that title by both the City and the State.