Carrie Rengers

Craig Gabel closes Mike's Steak House

WICHITA — After a decade in business, Craig Gabel has closed his Mike's Steak House at 2131 S. Broadway.

"We're pretty sure it's permanent," says Gabel, whose lease is up in December.

"The costs are enormous," he says of running the business.

"We've had street repairs there for three years straight."

Gabel says there's one year to go.

"It's taken its toll."

He says there are other factors as well.

"The economy in south Wichita is just terrible. Restaurants and bars are dropping like flies."

Gabel says that while "there's no traffic on Broadway anymore," there are "lots of transient" people.