Heritage restaurant recovers from fire

The Heritage: So fresh and so clean.

Heritage Restaurant, the fire-damaged diner at 4551 S. Broadway that was consistently the state’s largest seller of Kansas Lottery tickets and a popular hangout for Keno players, is waiting on one more city inspection before reopening. The Heritage could be back in business as early as Saturday.

The February fire, caused by faulty wiring, left the restaurant with $250,000 in damage. Owner Michael Choi spent $300,000 completely redoing the restaurant, which he says regular customers won’t recognize. I stopped in this morning and accidentally crashed an inspection. The space was clean, bright and smelled like fresh paint.

The Heritage’s menu focuses on “meat and potatoes” diner fare, Choi said. It also has been a popular south side breakfast destination. It’s an 0pen-24-hours kind of place.

Choi will let me know when he’s picked a firm re-opening date, and I’ll update this post.