WICHITA — Mike Issa now confirms what Have You Heard? reported last month.
He and his brothers, Ty and Ali, have purchased the Scotch & Sirloin.
“The Scotch is the oldest institution in Wichita,” Mike Issa says.
There actually are older restaurants, but Issa says, “We really believe this is Wichita’s tradition restaurant. We would love to be part of it.”
The Issas officially take over Jan. 16.
The brothers first approached majority owner Lindy Andeel a couple of years ago about buying the restaurant, which is on East Kellogg between Oliver and Edgemoor.
“We got busy with other venues,” Issa says of the delay.
The Issas own Larkspur Bistro & Bar in Old Town, YaYa’s EuroBistro in Bradley Fair, Hereford House at Terradyne Country Club, Heat Cigar & Hookah Lounge near Central and Rock and some IHOP restaurants in Wichita and Emporia.
Mike Issa is going to be more of a presence at the Scotch than his brothers.
“I’m going to be at the Hereford House, too,” he says of where he generally can be found already.
Issa says he and his brothers are able to do so many restaurants with “great help” and a “great management team.”
Karl Bachman is the new general manager the Issas hired to work at the Scotch. He’s already there.
Longtime general manager Sonny Glennon is still there, too.
“He’s still part of the whole package with us,” Mike Issa says.
Whether Glennon is still a co-owner in the business is unclear. Glennon referred questions to Issa, and Issa says only, “He’ll be working with our team 100 percent.”
Issa says there will be some minor changes at the restaurant, but he says most things will stay the same.
“With time, we’ll start to finesse some items on the menu,” he says.
Issa says that’s a normal thing for restaurants to do over time.
“Every once in a while, they tweak their menus.”
He says he’s also going to introduce Riedel decanters and glasses for wine service, which he also features at the Hereford House.
Staff isn’t going to change, Issa says. He says diners can expect to see the same waitresses, cooks and managers who have always been there.
The Issas will continue some remodeling that’s already begun at the Scotch, such as sprucing up with new carpet.
Mike Issa says it means a lot that Andeel chose to sell to his family.
“He has a lot of faith with us,” he says. “The Scotch is going to be in great hands with us.”