Wichita’s Candle Club has new owners

Louis Thompson owned the Candle Club from 2008 until this week.

Louis Thompson owned the Candle Club from 2008 until this week.

The Candle Club, the throwback private supper club that’s operated at 6135 East 13th St N. since 1963, has new owners.

On Wednesday, former Scotch & Sirloin assistant manager Judah Craig, along with partners Cameron Huffman, Brian Thorton and Steve Ruud, took over management of the club from Louis Thompson.

Thompson, only the club’s third owner, bought it in 2008 from Alta and Bill DeVore, who had bought it from original owners, brothers Ted and Tom Werts. (Read about the history of the club in this story I wrote in 2009.)

Judah Craig and three partners are the new owners of the Candle Club.

Judah Craig

Craig, who most recently worked as a bar manager at the new Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, said he’s always wanted to have a place of his own to run. He and his partners approached Thompson about possibly taking over the club.

“It has a great atmosphere and lots of history,” Craig said.

The new managers aren’t planning any major changes to the menu or decor, Craig said.

Thompson’s sister and brother-in-law, Julie and John Fitzthum, who have been managing the club, agreed to stay on board at least during the transition, he said.