Carrie Rengers

Overland Park group to buy Wichita Twin Peaks restaurants

Twin Peaks, 8310 E. 21st St. (July 24, 2015)
Twin Peaks, 8310 E. 21st St. (July 24, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

An Overland Park-based company called KC Lodge Ventures is finalizing its purchase of the Twin Peaks franchises in Wichita.

“We’re going through some fine details,” says Jon McGee, the group’s principal.

KC Lodge Ventures also owns the Twin Peaks franchises in Olathe and Independence, Mo.

“We are heading to St. Louis, but we haven’t got one open yet,” McGee says.

Current Wichita Twin Peaks franchisee Rusty Rathbun didn’t return a call to comment about the sale.

His east-side Twin Peaks has been closed since July 22.

Homeland Security Investigations seized the restaurant’s point-of-sale systems that day following an investigation over the possible hiring of illegal immigrants.

Rathbun closed the restaurant immediately after and has not reopened it.

The west-side Twin Peaks remains in business.

Earlier this week, Rathbun said he’d have news about his restaurants once some things were finalized.

McGee says he’s always been interested in the Wichita Twin Peaks restaurants and previously let Rathbun know that. He says Rathbun recently approached him and asked if he was still interested.

“I don’t know his exact reasons,” McGee says.

He says he hopes to reopen the east-side Twin Peaks in the first couple of weeks of October.

“It’s a reopening, but we’re looking at it as a grand opening of that location,” McGee says.

“We’re going to make it look better than it does today,” he says. “It’s an older building. There’s some things that need to be done.”

That includes updating the decor and tables and adding more TVs.

“I want to make sure that you can watch any game you want to watch,” McGee says.

He calls Twin Peaks “the best sports bar you could possibly walk into.”

McGee is looking at opening more Twin Peaks restaurants in Springfield, Mo., and possibly Columbia, Mo. He’s also looked at the north Kansas City area and Topeka. Though he’s also eyed Lawrence, McGee says, “We’re not sure about that.”

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, McGee says he’ll be hiring workers for the east-side Twin Peaks at the restaurant.

He says he can’t take over the Wichita restaurants until he’s properly licensed.

McGee says he won’t have to deal with any lingering issues at the Wichita properties.

“None whatsoever.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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