Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita burger restaurant closing after 35 years in business

Charlie’s Famous Burgers will close after the end of business on Monday.
Charlie’s Famous Burgers will close after the end of business on Monday. The Wichita Eagle

One of Wichita’s oldest burger restaurants is closing after more than 35 years in business.

Charlie’s Famous Burgers, which opened in 1981 in a teeny tiny building at 3200 W. 13th St., will close at the end of business on Monday.

“We would like to take the time to thank our dedicated customers for such a great run, but our time has come,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The restaurant, which served burgers, fries and shakes was opened by Charlie Howard in 1981. Ten years later, he closed it for several months after a fire gutted the 24-seat restaurant.

Over the years, the restaurant got new owners and added Mexican food to the menu, and it remained a favorite. When I wrote a story listing Wichita’s best hole-in-the-wall restaurants earlier this year, Charlie’s made the list.

The restaurant had been listed for sale for several months before the announcement.

(FILE VIDEO -- JULY 6, 2016) Friends Tom Kluge and Kent Kruske have been visiting local burger joints together for 15 years. They have a spreadsheet with remarks about their dining experiences.

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