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Both Wichita Granite City restaurants are out of business

Farewell, Granite City.
Farewell, Granite City. The Wichita Eagle

Both of Wichita’s Granite City restaurants are now closed.

Employees at the restaurants confirmed on Wednesday that the restaurants’ last day in business was Tuesday.

Granite City CEO Dick Lynch couldn’t immediately be reached but has not returned several calls for comment this week. But in a news release issued on Wednesday, he said he closed four of his Midwest restaurants on Tuesday, including the two Wichita restaurants plus the Granite City in Madison, Wisc., and a Cadillac Ranch/Bartini in Indianapolis.

“Given the lease structure of each location along with their individual business performance, we weighed numerous options for keeping these locations operational before arriving at this decision,” he was quoted saying in the release. “Ultimately, we feel these closures represent the most prudent fiscal option for our company and are in line with our vision for the future of the company.”

In September, the landlords of the NewMarket Square and 21st and Webb Road restaurants sued to evict the Minnesota-based company for nonpayment of rent. Both sides had said they were negotiating to try to keep the restaurants open.

On Tuesday, Hughes told Have You Heard’s Carrie Rengers that something was happening in the case.

“The parties have reached a mutually acceptable arrangement to resolve the dispute that resulted in the eviction actions,” he said.

Granite City opened its east-side restaurant in 2005, and the west-side restaurant followed in 2006. It was known for its big portions, beer club and lavish Sunday brunch.

We’ll let you know if we get more information.

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