A small, under-the-radar Arkansas City establishment has transferred hands and been transformed into a family-friendly hangout.
The pool hall located just north of Union State Bank, once known as Puritan Billiards, has been owned by Mike Bland for around 30 years.
The business at 121 S. Summit St. recently was purchased by Freddy and Tiffany Kawik, and renamed Fast Freddy’s Billiards and Pizzeria.
While the business technically changed hands last November, the Kawiks didn’t take over until Jan. 1.
Bringing back billiards
The general function of the establishment hasn’t changed much, but instead of being primarily a bar, the focus is on billiards.
“We have four Valley bar boxes and two (Gold) Crown IVs in the building,” said Freddy Kawik.
“We are hoping to get in-house leagues going and different 9-ball tournaments. We don’t really want the ‘bar’ scene or crowd. We want to focus more on the pool.”
There isn’t a place in either Ark City or Winfield that someone can go just to play pool, he said.
“Now they have a place to go and bring the family,” Kawik said. “Ark City has 64 pool players that meet every Tuesday night for pool league. We want to bring them all together in one building.”
From Puritan to pizzeria
The establishment still will serve 3.2-percent beer, but the name of the business also hints at other offerings that soon will be available.
Fast Freddy’s Billiards and Pizzeria should have a working kitchen by next week.
Where an old barbershop once was located, a kitchen has now appeared.
“We are going to serve pizza and wings, chicken strip baskets with some awesome fries that no one else here in Ark City has, and some other fried items,” Kawik said.
Musical entertainment also is in the plans for the new business.
“We also have live music every other Friday night,” Kawik said. In fact, there will be music on Feb. 23.
“It’s the same old guys every other week. Just some guys with guitars.”
Kawik said Fast Freddy’s initially will be open six days a week.
“We are kid-friendly until 8 p.m., and then anyone under 18 that isn’t with a parent must go,” he said.
“Most of our tournaments will start around 8 p.m. We are closed on Sundays for now.”
Fast Freddy’s will have its grand opening March 16, including an Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting.