WICHITA — Instead of selling his Jet Bar-B-Q at 1100 E. Third St. as planned, John "Jetman" Thien has entered into a joint venture with Buddy Colson to run the business.
"I've been eating Jet's food for, like, 30 years myself," Colson says. "I just want to keep the food going because I know he's wanting to retire."
Colson most recently has been retired, but he was in the restaurant business for years before that. His last job was district manager for Arby's in Kansas.
"He has a great deal of experience in corporate restaurants," Thien says.
Colson is a familiar face at Jet Bar-B-Q. After eating there for just about all of the restaurant's 32 years, he says he's "been basically an understudy" for the last couple of years. He says Thien's food is consistent, and he doesn't plan to change anything about it.