Dyne Quik to reopen next month

WICHITA — At long last, the Dyne Quik at 1202 N. Broadway is going to reopen.

It’s been closed since 2008.

It looked like it would reopen a couple of times since then, but it didn’t work out.

Now, Richard Jack and his family are planning an April opening.

They’re “shooting for April 1,” he says, “but that might be a pipe dream.”

Jack says they’re “cleaning and repairing . . . and cleaning a little more.”

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants — metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

“I’m trying to . . . make it original as possible,” Jack says.

He is slightly changing the name, though. He’ll call it Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik after his 7-year-old son.

That’s even though he accidentally filed everything for the business under the name “Quick” instead of “Quik.”

Eventually, Jack will restore the well-known sign in front of the business.

“It’s number 65 on my list to fix.”

Right under the “Dyne Quik,” Jack will restore the words “drive in coffee shop,” which may slightly confuse customers.

“I’m sure people will see that sign and drive in . . . around back thinking it’s a drive-through.

“You have to go back to thinking 1950s,” he says. “You drove in and parked.”

Jack will serve traditional diner fare from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

There will be breakfast dishes and lunch specials, which Jack calls dinner specials, along with “whatever I feel like cooking.”

Previously, Jack was a building inspector with the city.

He hoped to open a restaurant and motel on the old Route 66, but he couldn’t find a business that worked.

At Dyne Quik, it seems Jack already has a built-in crowd.

“We’ve probably had 100 people stop already,” he says.

“Are you open yet?” they ask.

“It’s amazing,” Jack says.

People see vehicles at the restaurant and pop in to inquire about it.

“Not a day goes by.”