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.”