West-side Talliano’s Pizzeria for sale

WICHITA — Frank Key can tell you why he’s trying to sell his Talliano’s Pizzeria near 13th and Tyler in two words:

“I’m old.”

Older, anyway. Key turns 65 this year, and he’d actually like to keep working. He’d prefer to do something maybe five days a week instead of the six or seven he works now, though.

“I’ll be real honest with you. I watched my father die at 60 and my mother die at 61,” Key says. “They just worked themselves to death, I think.”

Key considered using an agency to sell the business, which opened in 2002, but decided he wanted to have control over who might buy it. So he hung a sign in the window instead.

Several potential buyers have expressed interest.

“I’ve got a couple that seem to be really interested,” Key says.

There’s another Talliano’s in Derby that someone else owns. It won’t be affected.

If his Talliano’s doesn’t sell, Key says he’ll continue to operate the restaurant.

The important thing, he says, is to take care of his customers one way or the other.

“I have the greatest customers in the world.”