Dining With Denise Neil

Haysville loses one restaurant, gets another one back

Johnny B’s Hamburger Haven reopened in Haysville after a four-year absence.
Johnny B’s Hamburger Haven reopened in Haysville after a four-year absence.

Haysville lost a restaurant on Saturday but got an old one back last month.

Donavon’s Steamin Weenies & Bierocks at 243 E. Grand, a hot dog restaurant that opened in the summer of 2012, is closed. Owner Yvonne Avis, who moved the restaurant from its original spot at 418 W. Grand to the bigger building down the street last April, said that road construction hurt the business financially and made her unable to continue. Grand was torn up from April through October as crews widened it, and customers were turned off by accessibility problems, she said.

Avis said she’s going to look for a job and sell off the equipment in the restaurant. She may eventually begin selling bierocks on the side and hasn’t given up the idea that she could reopen the restaurant someday.

“I know we had a good thing going here,” she said. “I just couldn’t do it anymore.”

Avis said she’s inspired by Willie Lusk, who re-opened his once-popular restaurant Johnny B’s Hamburger Heaven in early November. Lusk operated the restaurant in the small building Donavon’s Steamin Weenies originally occupied at 418 W. Grand but closed it four years ago. Lusk got his building back and decided to offer a more streamlined menu that focuses on burgers, fries and fried okra.

Many of the original customers he earned during the three years he was in business have returned, Lusk said. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 am. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call Johnny B’s at 316-252-8631.