Category Archives: New ownership

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.

Tacos y Mas replaces La Posada

Back in 2000, the restaurant at  552 S. Oliver was known as Posada Del Rey.

In 2002, a new owner took it over and kept mostly the same menu but renamed it La Posada.

Now, the restaurant has a new owner, a new name — Tacos y Mas, which translates to “tacos and more.” But it still has mostly the same menu.

The new owners took over about four months ago. They previously operated a taco truck nearby also called Tacos Y Mas. When they took over La Posada, they kept mostly the same menu of tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more but eliminated several dishes, including those that were made with seafood.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 316-612-1188.

Riverside Perk should reopen this summer

I just spoke with Mike Corley, who owns the building at 1144 N. Bitting that housed the Riverside Perk. (I told you earlier this morning that the coffee shop is closed as of today.)

He told me that he and Perk owner Maggie Ballard had agreed that a change in ownership was needed for the business. He signed a lease yesterday for new owners to take over at the beginning of July. He won’t say yet who they are but he says they own a restaurant out west, a couple of liquor stores and a place downtown.

The new owners plan to take over at the beginning of July, remodel the building and reopen it with the same coffee shop concept. Corley assumes they’ll change the name, but he’s not sure. The business should reopen by midsummer.

I’ll update this post when I find out who the new owners are.

Gonzalez sells Andover Metro Grill

Chef Michael Gonzalez

The Andover location of Metro Grill no longer belongs to founder Michael Gonzalez, the popular but recently troubled local chef known for his amazing sandwiches in the Towne East mall food court.

Early last month, Gonzalez sold Metro Grill II to employee Kevin McKee and his grandfather, Jim Boots. McKee started working at the Andover Metro Grill as an employee early this year.The restaurant opened at 321 S. Andover Road in January.

McKee, 22, says he will continue with the original menu but is considering some additions in the future. He describes himself as part businessman, part cook, and he said he’s excited about the opportunity to start his restaurant career.

“We have an incredibly strong repeat customer base here — people who come in two and three times a week,” McKee said.

Meanwhile, he said, Gonzalez continues to own and operate the Metro Grill in Towne East. I have a call in to him and will update this post once I speak to him.