Carrie Rengers

‘South-side institution’ to close this month

Seneca Street Bar & Grill’s last day in business will be Dec. 31.
Seneca Street Bar & Grill’s last day in business will be Dec. 31. The Wichita Eagle

Unless a buyer steps forward in the next two weeks, Seneca Street Bar & Grill’s last day in business will be Dec. 31.

“It’s kind of a south-side institution,” says Molly Clough.

She and Jamie Hicks purchased the business, which she guesses is more than three decades old, 11 years ago and had been waitresses at it for five years before that.

“We wanted some things done to the building,” Clough says.

She says she and Hicks wanted the landlord to put new asphalt on the parking lot, but she says he thought they should be responsible.

“I can’t take that asphalt with me when I go,” Clough says. “It was just different points of view, really, is all it came down to.”

She says they won’t try to reopen somewhere else.

“You can’t move it, I don’t think. You definitely couldn’t move it off Seneca Street.”

Clough says with the economy as it is and with the restaurant business in general that “it’s so difficult to make anything work.”

She says that “it’s 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. in the bar world. If you’re not here, you’re worried about what’s going on. Any small-business owner can tell you that.”

Clough says she’s ready for a more normal life.

“We’re just going to kind of cap it, call it good and both go different directions,” she says.

“It’s been a long time. We had a lot of good times.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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