WICHITA — After 13 years in the Cargill building downtown at 151 N. Main, Piccadilly Express has closed.
“Last Friday, Piccadilly was notified that they were not going to make the cut for those being considered to provide food services here in the building,” says Cargill spokesman Mike Martin.
“They were given three weeks’ notice and basically given the notice as soon as it was decided they would not make the cut, and they ceased operations immediately.”
No one with Latour Management, which owned the restaurant, returned calls for comment.
This is the latest restaurant in what has become the dismantling of a dining dynasty in Wichita.
Latour’s Chelsea’s Bar & Grill and Olive Tree Bistro were evicted from Comotara Center late last year.
The west-side Piccadilly closed in 2005.
The east-side Piccadilly and Bagatelle Bakery are the only restaurants Latour has left.
Downtown, Cargill took over the former Piccadilly space for a lab.
Piccadilly moved into the former Avenue Style space.
Cargill polled its 800 employees in the building about what food service provider they might like there.
“Ultimately, it was based on employee feedback really indicating that they wanted to see a change in terms of the type of food being offered and just wanting something different,” Martin says.
There is a short list of other potential restaurants for the 1,800-square-foot space, which also would be open to the public.
We’ll keep you posted.