WICHITA — After losing its legal battle to keep its Kandu Challenge card game and facing financial struggles, Highlands Gastropub and Cardroom has closed.
“At some point, you gotta know when you’re beat,” says operations coordinator Shane McCullough.
Last month, Highlands representatives said they hoped to fight a Sedgwick County District Court ruling that Kandu is a game of chance and thus prohibited by Kansas law. They are still planning to appeal the decision.
In the meantime, though, financial problems have been mounting.
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McCullough says he doesn’t blame the media, but he says news reports made it sound like when Highlands lost Kandu, the business closed.