Two Brothers BBQ at 3750 N. Woodlawn is closing, but it’s not because the business isn’t doing well.
“I don’t want people to think this store didn’t make it so we had to close it,” says co-owner and general manager Ana Ryan. “It had nothing to do with that.”
It’s because she’s finally having the spinal surgery she needs for scoliosis, which she’s been putting off for years.
“There’s just no way for me to come back in the capacity that I’m in right now running this restaurant,” Ryan says.
She says she’s looking at months of recovery when she won’t be able to be at the restaurant.
“I just can’t do it,” Ryan says. “It kind of sucks because I’ve put 13 years of my life in this.”
Ryan says her 6-year-old son, Cooper, who often stars in the restaurant’s commercials, is another reason behind the change.
“I do want to spend more time with him,” she says.
Ryan says the restaurant’s closing also opens up the opportunity for her to eventually help more with marketing and growing Beyond BBQ, which is the catering division of Two Brothers.
There are three other Two Brothers restaurants in Wichita and one in El Dorado.
All but one of those has a family member in charge, and that’s part of the reason the Ryan family isn’t having anyone else take over the Woodlawn restaurant.
“There’s not anybody out there that’s going to care about your business as much as you do,” Ryan says.
The last day of business for the Woodlawn Two Brothers is Dec. 28.
Though Ryan won’t be as visible as she usually is early in the new year, she says customers should expect to see her soon through Beyond BBQ.
“I just want to make sure people know I’m not going anywhere.”