The restaurant industry is known for places that open and close – and open and close again – but Brints Diner has had more than its share of revolving restaurateurs in recent years.
The longtime Wichita restaurant, which has been in a Valentine diner near the northeast corner of Lincoln and Oliver for more than half a century, is opening once again.
Timothy Morgan, who used to own Burger Paradise near Mount Vernon and Oliver, is reopening the business on Aug. 1.
“This is a little bit bigger for me,” he says of the diner, which has 17 seats.
Morgan says he’s still considering what the hours will be, but he says Brints likely will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Through the years, the restaurant has been known for its breakfast food and dishes such as chicken fried steak and liver and onions.
“That’s what it’s basically going to still be,” Morgan says. “I’m going to try to carry the same things.”
The restaurant is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine buildings – metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.
In recent years, Brints has been known for being featured in a 2007 segment of Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Morgan says his father, Tim Williams, will be helping out at the business.
“He’s going to be the trash man. He’s going to be washing dishes. … The bus boy. Wait the tables. He’s pretty much going to do whatever needs to be done.”
Morgan’s mother, Arkansas resident Cynthia Morgan-Hendrix, will help the first week the restaurant is open.
Morgan says he grew up watching his mother cook.
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking,” Morgan says. “I just love food.”