WICHITA — After decades and decades with only a couple of owners, Jack's North Hi Carryout has been in a fairly constant state of transition for the last decade.
Current operator Austin Herron has hired McCurdy Auction to auction the building across from North High School on April 11.
"He is planning on going back to school," says Ramona Herron, who bought the building in 2010 for her grandson to run the restaurant. She paid $106,000 for it.
Herron says her grandson is helping her with an ill family member as well.
"He thought, well, he can't do all three," she says.
Even before he decided to sell, Ramona Herron says her grandson fielded inquiries from people interested in buying the piece of Wichita history. The restaurant opened in 1951 and was an immediate hit.
"There's been a lot of people ... come in and ask him about it," Herron says. "A lot of them have tried to get the money but can't."
The restaurant has been closed for several days for spring break but is reopening Wednesday.
Herron says her grandson plans to keep the restaurant open until the auction.
And if it doesn't sell?
"Well, he'll keep it open until it does."