Dining With Denise Neil

Jack’s is back, and people who want to try it can get a $5 combo during its first week

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Jack’s North Hi Carryout at 603 W. 13th St. North originally opened 68 years ago — and sometimes it feels like the restaurant has had about 68 owners, too.

But it’s still around, and that’s what matters. On Monday, the latest owners in Jack’s storied history reopened the little diner, and they’re putting their own stamp on the business.

Jack’s is now owned by Armin Ghoddoussi, but his mother, Akhtar Gharagozolo, is running the place. The restaurant will still focus on burgers as it always has, but the new owners won’t serve sliders like the previous owner, who put the restaurant up for sale late last year. Ghoddoussi and his mother have decided to return to serving regular-sized burgers and fries, and they consulted a former employee from the 1970s to try to get their recipe as close to the original as possible.

The new owners also have added breakfast to their offerings, and they’ll open for business at 7 a.m. serving breakfast sandwiches, croissants and quesadillas. The restaurant will also stay open through the dinner hour to attract nearby residents. Jack’s new hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

When summer arrives and Jack’s customer base at North High School across the street is gone, the owners plan to put some grills outside and cook kabobs.

While they’re getting started, though, they’ll offer a limited menu. From now until Saturday, customers who want to give the restaurant a chance can get a $5 combo.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.

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