WICHITA — An ownership change appears to be in the works at one of Wichita’s most-storied restaurants, but no one seems to want to discuss it.
According to a filing with the state, Steaks R Us has applied for a liquor license at the Scotch & Sirloin.
Mike Issa, who is in business with his brothers Ty and Ali at several restaurants, is the applicant.
Mike Issa didn’t return a call for comment. Neither did Scotch co-owner Lindy Andeel.
Ty Issa demurs when asked about a possible purchase.
“Every time someone sees me having dinner with Lindy, they assume I’m doing something,” he says.
Scotch co-owner Sonny Glennon, who has been the face of the restaurant for years as the ever-present host, does not want to discuss a possible transaction with the Issas.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said when initially asked about a sale last week.
This week, Glennon suggested asking the Issas what’s going on.
Doug Farha also is an owner of the Scotch. He did not return a call for comment.
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.
Their deal at the Scotch is expected to close about a month into the new year. Look for more details soon.