WICHITA — Chuck Giles has the happy luck of fulfilling a longtime dream while making some Wichitans very happy in the process.
Giles, who owns Neighbor’s Restaurant & Bar in Twin Lakes, is reopening Brints Diner.
“People are just freaking out because it was closed,” Giles says. “I’ve always wanted a little diner.”
He and his girlfriend, Connie Schrader, are opening the business within the next two weeks.
The more than 50-year-old Brints, which is near the northeast corner of Lincoln and Oliver, closed in October. Former owner Jessie Medina said construction in the area was to blame.
Giles has owned Neighbor’s at 21st and Amidon for more than 10 years and worked at Stroud’s for 10 years before that, first as kitchen manager and then as general manager.
“There’s just really not a lot of old restaurants left in Wichita,” he says.
That’s why he says he was interested in Brints.
“I just think the history of the place is worth something.”
The restaurant, which seats 64, is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine buildings – metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.
“I was told there’s 13 in the country that are still operating,” Giles says.