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Huddle House franchise coming to Kansas

WICHITA — The almost 50-year-old Huddle House chain of 24-hour restaurants is coming to Kansas for the first time.

Franchisee David Key, who is partnering with Ron C. Lee on several Huddle Houses here, was familiar with the brand from growing up in the South.

"There's everything from breakfast foods to comfort foods," he says of the diner concept.

Key is best known for trying to build a downtown arena when he operated the former Wichita Stealth indoor football team. He announced his plans in 2003, but financial problems prevented it from happening.

More recently, Key has been involved in franchising Value Place hotels.

Key likes the idea of having a franchise restaurant instead of starting one from scratch.

"There's some safety in the franchising," he says. "They've had 46 years to, you know, get it right."