Dining With Denise Neil

Doc’s Steak House closes for good on Saturday

The countdown to the end of Doc’s Steak House has commenced.

The restaurant at 1515 N. Broadway, a Wichita institution since 1952, will close at the end of business this coming Saturday, Oct. 25.

Customers posting on Facebook about their final jaunts to the restaurant are reporting lengthy waits as longtime customers line up to get their last taste of the restaurant’s famous garlic salad.

Brian Scott, who took over the restaurant at 1515 N. Broadway in 2011, said he decided to close the restaurant because his costs have spiraled and that he has not been able to break even. There’s too much competition, he said, and the neighborhood cannot support a steak house.

Dwight “Doc” Hustead opened Doc’s in 1952, when North Broadway was the main entertainment district in town. Doc’s was one of several popular supper clubs at the time, alongside Ken’s Club, Abe’s steak house and Savute’s. Of them, only Savute’s remains.

In 1963, Hustead sold the restaurant to his next-door neighbors, Lucy and Louis Scott, and they eventually sold it to their son, Stuart Scott. He sold it to his nephew, Brian, in 2011.

Doc’s hours through Saturday are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call the restaurant at 316-264-4735.