Longtime favorite Brints Diner to reopen

brintsdinerWICHITA — Brints Diner is once again going to reopen.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill founder Larry Harmon is taking over the business, which is near the northeast corner of Lincoln and Oliver.

The restaurant is in one of Wichita’s last remaining Valentine buildings, which are metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

The more than 50-year-old Brints closed in late 2012, but then about this time last year, Neighbors Restaurant & Bar owner Chuck Giles and his girlfriend, Connie Schrader, reopened the business. Running two restaurants proved to be too much, so building owner Homer Morgan found someone else to run Brints. Then it closed again last month.

Harmon, a Mississippi native, says a diner has “been in my thoughts for a while.”

“I just always wanted a diner,” he says. “When I was a kid down South, my dad used to take me and my four brothers to this diner where you could get sausage biscuits for 10 cents a piece. I thought it was cool.”

Harmon says his sports bars are doing well.

“The kids are running … those,” he says of his children. “And so I thought, why not? Let’s do something fun and different, so here we are.”

Harmon says he was a Brints customer from “back in the day.”

He plans to reopen Monday. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We are going to serve a killer chicken fried steak and eggs and some good burgers and some shakes and malts,” Harmon says. “We’re going to fire it up and do it to it.”

Neighbor’s Restaurant & Bar owner Chuck Giles to reopen Brints Diner

Chuck Giles and Connie Schrader, who are reopening Brints Diner.

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.

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El Maya opens in former Dyne Quik space

WICHITA — Alfredo Cruz Nino is opening his new El Maya in the former Dyne Quik space at 1202 N. Broadway today.

The restaurant is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine buildings– metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

As Nino told Have You Heard? last month, he plans to serve traditional Mexican fare plus other dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Sundays will have an abbreviated schedule.

El Maya replaces former Dyne Quik

WICHITA — There’s good news and bad news on North Broadway, depending on your perspective.

If you like Mexican food, you’re in luck. Alfredo Cruz Nino is opening El Maya in the former Dyne Quik space at 1202 N. Broadway.

Richard Jack closed the restaurant in its last incarnation – Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik — in January.

Nino plans to serve traditional Mexican fare plus other dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Sundays will have an abbreviated schedule.

So what’s the bad news?

History buffs may not appreciate that the letters on the old Dyne Quik sign not only are down but also destroyed.

“Yeah, they all broke when we took them off,” says Esteban Tavaros, who will work at the restaurant.

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants – metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

It’s not clear how old the letters on the sign were, but Tavaros says there wasn’t much hope of saving them.

“They were really, really, really old.”

Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik closes after less than a year in business

WICHITA — Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik owner Richard Jack has given up.

Tuesday was the last day of business for the restaurant at 1202 N. Broadway.

Jack and his family did extensive work on the building before opening it nine months ago.

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants — metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

Jack says the location wasn’t right, though.

“I got tired of the prostitutes and the homeless people and the vagrants bugging customers,” he says.

Then, when the police would come to deal with those individuals, Jack says, they blocked his driveway.

There were other issues as well, he says.

“People are too used to going to McDonald’s and Burger King. They can drive through. Here, they have to pull up and actually walk in the building.”

Jack says he had a number of loyal customers — whom he says he especially appreciates – but not enough of them.

Moving the restaurant to another location is a possibility.

“Anywhere but here,” Jack says. “I loved cooking.”

Remaining open where he was is not an option.

“Sooner or later you get tired of hitting your head against the wall.”

 

Dyne Quik to reopen next month

WICHITA — At long last, the Dyne Quik at 1202 N. Broadway is going to reopen.

It’s been closed since 2008.

It looked like it would reopen a couple of times since then, but it didn’t work out.

Now, Richard Jack and his family are planning an April opening.

They’re “shooting for April 1,” he says, “but that might be a pipe dream.”

Jack says they’re “cleaning and repairing . . . and cleaning a little more.”

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants — metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

“I’m trying to . . . make it original as possible,” Jack says.

He is slightly changing the name, though. He’ll call it Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik after his 7-year-old son.

That’s even though he accidentally filed everything for the business under the name “Quick” instead of “Quik.”

Eventually, Jack will restore the well-known sign in front of the business.

“It’s number 65 on my list to fix.”

Right under the “Dyne Quik,” Jack will restore the words “drive in coffee shop,” which may slightly confuse customers.

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Dyne Quik to reopen in January

WICHITA — Diners are wondering, when will the Dyne Quik at 1202 N. Broadway reopen?

“It should be open by mid-January,” says owner Efrain Torres. “Everything’s ready. It’s ready to go.”

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants — metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

The last Dyne Quik owner closed in 2008. Efrain has been struggling to reopen it.

“I lost $200 already trying to open it without those rest rooms,” Torres says of some handicap-accessible rest rooms he needed to install.

He says even though the restaurant could open now, he decided not to pay more money only to be licensed for the last part of this year.

“I said, nah, I’ll just wait.”

Torres has surgery scheduled for early January, but he wants to open anyway.

“I might have somebody else just go ahead and run it.”

Dyne Quik to reopen on North Broadway

dyneWICHITA — A year after closing, a new owner is making plans to reopen the Dyne Quik diner at 1202 N. Broadway.

“It’s tradition,” says Efrain Torres. “I used to eat there when I was a little kid.”

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants – metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

Torres says the restaurant’s previous owners had to close it because the building didn’t have proper restroom facilities. There was only one restroom, and it wasn’t handicapped accessbile.

He says he’s putting in two handicapped-accessible restrooms. Also, Torres says he’ll reupholster Dyne Quik’s dining seats “because they’re so old.”

Otherwise, he says, everything will stay the same.

Look for Dyne Quik to reopen late this year or in early 2010.