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Jon Suddeth to buy Delano Barbeque Co.

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  • Published Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.

WICHITA — Ben E. Keith district sales rep Jon Suddeth was visiting an account, Delano Barbeque Co., when he learned owners Scott and Teri Webb wanted to sell the business.

"I said, "I may know somebody who would be interested,'" says Suddeth, who was thinking of another account of his.

"At the time, I didn't think it would be me."

It now is, though. Suddeth and his wife, Michelle, are taking over the restaurant at 710 W. Douglas on June 30.

"I swore I would never do it again," Jon Suddeth says of getting back in the restaurant business.

He's previously managed restaurants such as Heroes and Gobi Grille. This is the first time he'll own a restaurant.

So why does he want back in?

"I'm an idiot."

Suddeth says he's keeping his day job, too.

"I'm not leaving Ben E. Keith," he says. "I do want to make it perfectly clear."

Michelle Suddeth is going to run the restaurant.

Jon Suddeth says he enjoys selling food to restaurants in addition to diners.

"Essentially, I'm picking up a new account, and it's mine."

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