When Utah businessman Anthony Pantele and some partners opened Tahini Mediterranean Eatery in Delano in June, their intent was for it to be the first of several Tahinis they’d open.
The restaurant at 613 W. Douglas closed just before Christmas, though, because Pantele says he couldn’t find good managers in Wichita.
“We went through three general managers in the first six months,” he says. “It’s just not feasible for me to continue to operate it from 1,000 miles away.”
Pantele has been trying to sell the business since then. He initially asked $79,000 but has dropped it to $35,000 for the furniture, fixtures, equipment, recipes and name.
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“It is something I want to finalize over the next few days if I can,” he says. “It’s a little bit of a fire sale for that reason.”
Pantele says he’d spent a year developing the concept and even flew to the Middle East to learn authentic recipes.
“A lot of time and money went into putting this together.”
Still, he says he doesn’t care if someone wants to buy Tahini’s assets and then does another concept instead.
“I’m not insulted.”
He says it could be a great start-up for someone or a good second location for an existing restaurant.
If Pantele doesn’t have a deal within days, he says he’ll begin liquidating piece by piece.
“The restaurant is completely tricked out,” he says. “It’s a rare opportunity.”