Old Mill Tasty Shop turns 80

Erna and Otto Oermke, Old Mill Tasty Shop's original owners.

I had fun this week writing my story about Old Mill Tasty Shop, a beloved  downtown restaurant that on Thursday will turn 80 years old.

Owner Mary Wright and her manager son Don sat down with me in one of the restaurant’s tiny but cozy booths to tell me everything they knew about the restaurant’s history and to show me a suitcase full of old black-and-white photos.

The restaurant is a true Wichita treasure. It was opened in 1932 by German immigrant Otto Woermke and his wife, Erna. The Wrights bought it after Otto died in 1981.

I particularly love the photo gallery of 31 pictures the Wrights and the Eagle photo staff helped me gather.

Happy Birthday, Old Mill. I and all your other green-chili, chicken-salad loving fans are glad you’ve made it this long.