Petroleum Club management to take over City Hall Cafe

WICHITA — The Wichita City Hall Cafe is going to reopen Jan. 3 under new management.

The same group that manages the Petroleum Club, the Walkway Cafe at the Bank of America Center and the Atrium Cafe at the Ruffin Building is going to provide food service at City Hall.

“We just kind of have a concept going that’s fairly easy to duplicate,” says general manager Kathy Latham.

She wasn’t looking to expand her food service.

City Council member Jeff Longwell happened to be at the Bank of America Center for an event and had some of her group’s food.

“I thought their food was delicious,” he says.

City Hall had just lost its previous food provider, so Longwell suggested Latham submit a proposal.

“It’s all about timing I suppose,” he says.

Longwell says Latham’s group has a great track record.

“It should be a natural to have a cafe that people can rely on,” he says.

Latham says her staff does an excellent job, though she thinks City Hall will be it for expansions.

“I don’t want to go past my limit of what we can do successfully and good,” she says. “I don’t want to stretch ourselves to where we’re just slinging food.”

Longwell is thrilled the City Hall deal with Latham worked out.

“Trust me,” he says, “when you weigh as much as I do, you know good food.”

You don’t say

“Well, I finally decided that if the Big Guy comes into the Walkway (Cafe) or the Petroleum Club and wants to update his Facebook, I better be ready.”

— General manager Kathy Latham, jokingly referring to Bank of America Center owner Phil Ruffin as the reason the two restaurants now have Wi-Fi