Wichita restaurant history: Golden Chance Steak Saloon

A reader named Faye e-mailed the following question to me recently. And since this question meant I would get to take a trip to our secret paper archives stash on the fourth floor, I was excited to investigate it.

“Do you remember a restaurant in the ’60′s named Golden Chance Restaurant? It was in south Wichita and required a coat and tie and if one didn’t have a coat, their tie was cut and hung around on the wall.  Where was it located?”

I didn’t live in Wichita — or at all — in the 1960s, so this restaurant didn’t sound familiar to me. But I located the archive file on it, and it’s pretty interesting.

The restaurant was owned by Carl Murrell. He originally opened the Golden Chance Steak Saloon in the early 1960s in a development on what’s now west Kellogg called Frontier Village. He moved the restaurant to 4205 S. Seneca in 1962 and closed it in 1971. He opened another Golden Chance Steak Saloon at 4423 S. Broadway in 1984, but I don’t know how long that one lasted.

He was known for snipping the ties of his customers and hanging them on the wall. The articles I read from the archives seemed to indicate, however, that he cut all ties — not just the ties of the coatless. Several diners were not amused.

I love Wichita restaurant history. Check out this article — interesting but a little hard to follow — from the Sept. 10, 1963 edition of The Beacon. Click on it to make it big enough to read. And thanks, Faye, for the fun assignment.

An article from 1963