Last Wichita Ryan’s Steakhouse closes

WICHITA — Wichita’s last Ryan’s Steakhouse has closed due to what a spokesman calls underperformance.

The Ryan’s at 3323 N. Rock Road closed Wednesday, and new signs appear to be going up for a Chinese buffet.

Minnesota-based Buffets Inc. owns Ryan’s. At one time, there were two in Wichita. The Rock Road Ryan’s opened in 1990.

Another Buffets concept, HomeTown Buffet, remains open at 6820 W. Central.


Old Town Buffet to reopen with new name and concept

WICHITA — After less than two months in business, Old Town Buffet is closed, but it will reopen with a new name and concept soon.

The restaurant was in the former HomeTown Buffet and King’s Buffet space at 6160 E. Central.

Manager Hong Zhang says the new restaurant will be a Chinese and Japanese buffet since the people running the restaurant are Asian.

He says when it comes to Asians running American-style restaurants, like he used to, “a lot of customers say they don’t like that.”

Zhang says there wasn’t a chance to remodel the restaurant before Old Town Buffet opened, so he’s doing that now.

There’s not a new name yet, but there will be before the restaurant reopens in late August or early September.

Old Town Buffet to open

Old Town Buffet is coming to Wichita, but not to the Old Town area.

The restaurant is going in the former HomeTown Buffet and King’s Buffet space at 6160 E. Central.

Partner Hong Zhang says he’ll offer American cuisine “just like Golden Corral” with “all the American favorites.” He says he’ll also have a Mongolian Grill similar to Genghis Grill.

Diners can choose from both options for $6.99 for lunch or $9.99 for dinner. Zhang says those prices could change by the time he opens, which he hopes will be by Mother’s Day on May 10.

No alcohol will be served.

Zhang says a second Old Town Buffet is a possibility.

“If we do good on this location,” he says, “we’re going to open one on the west side.”