WICHITA Pirate Pete's hasn't walked the plank, but it's not open right now, either.
"We decided, OK, it's time for a change," says Peter Miller, a partner in the business.
The restaurant at 1648 S. Rock Road, which is near Harry and Rock, has been through various owners, managers and incarnations through the years. Miller and partner Ken Gorges never intended to be restaurateurs.
"We've been the accountants ... for 10 years almost," Miller says. Their accounting office is across the street from the restaurant.
Various issues with the business led them to close it temporarily to remodel the building and retool the menu. They've also found some new managers and partners.
"I'm running a little ragged," Miller says of running between the businesses. He expects Pete's to reopen next week. He's shooting for Feb. 18.
Miller says there will be new floors, new walls and a simplified menu.
"And once all that gets done, I'm just back to doing the books."