Biker nights are off at Wichita’s two Twin Peaks restaurants – and at Twin Peaks across the country – said managers at the local stores.
On Sunday, a violent brawl between rival biker gangs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, left nine dead and 18 wounded. Nearly 200 people were arrested.
Out of respect, managers said, biker night is off for this Thursday and likely will not return for awhile.
Mike Tholen, who manages the west Wichita store, said that restaurant has never had any problems with biker gangs. The company wants to let things settle, he said.
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“We’ll be holding off on any activities like bike night,” Tholen said.
Scott Gordon, a spokesman for the chain, said in an e-mail that biker nights were “temporarily suspended system wide.” The Waco franchise has been revoked, he said.
“We are in the people business and the safety of the employees and guests in our restaurants is priority one,” he wrote. “Unfortunately the management team of the franchised restaurant in Waco chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants.
“We cannot tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and have revoked their franchise agreement effectively immediately. Our sympathies continue to be with the families of those who died and are very thankful no employees, guests, police officers or bystanders were hurt or injured.”
Reactions to the cancellation were mixed on the West Wichita Twin Peaks Facebook page.
Some called the cancellation an overreaction and vowed not to return to Twin Peaks. Others said they respected Twin Peaks for making a decision in the best interest of its business.