Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita seafood restaurant closing after a decade in business

Pirate Pete’s at 1648 S. Rock Road will close at the end of the month, owners said.
Pirate Pete’s at 1648 S. Rock Road will close at the end of the month, owners said.

Pirate Pete’s, a seafood restaurant that’s operated at 1648 S. Rock Road for a decade, will close at the end of the month, owners said.

“We’ve got some equipment issues that it’s outside of our price range to fix,” said Julie Miller, who owns the restaurant along with her husband and two sons. “We’re just not making the money we need to be making anymore. We’ve been doing good to keep the doors open, but the economy is just killing us.”

The restaurant’s last day in business will be July 29.

The Miller family took the space over in 2006. Previously, it had been the longtime home of Town’s Seafood Restaurant.

Pirate Pete’s has been known for its fried catfish, shrimp and pollock. Julie Miller said she hopes the restaurant’s longtime fans will visit over the next few weeks and buy them out of inventory. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“It’s a good time to go out when we’re still up on the peak of the mountain rather than falling down the side,” she said.

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