For the second time in two years, this historic Wichita restaurant is closed, for sale

Jack’s North Hi Carryout is closed… again.

And it’s back on the market… again.

The most recent owner of the little burger restaurant that’s operated across from North High School since 1951 says that he’s had to shut it down. Jack’s has been closed since late September.

Armin Ghoddoussi, who’s owned the restaurant at 603 W. 13th St. for nearly two years, says there are a couple of reasons for the decision, and perhaps not surprisingly, COVID-19 is one of them.

Business has taken a hit since the pandemic started, he said. A big part of his customer base — North High students — have been attending classes online instead of at school across the street.

Plus his mother, Akhtar Gharagozolo, who’d been running the restaurant for him, is having trouble keeping up.

“The reasons are mostly my mother having a hard time managing it and also getting a bit

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NPC International selling 163 closed Pizza Hut locations

Roughly 163 Pizza Hut leases have gone up for sale as part of NPC International’s bankruptcy restructuring.

The bids for the currently shuttered restaurants in 26 states are due by Oct. 23, according to New York-based A&G Real Estate Partners, the firm handling the auction. 

The firm is advising NPC International, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. At the time of the filing, Leawood, Kan.-based NPC International operated more than 1,600 Wendy’s and Pizza Hut restaurants. In August, NPC began the process of selling a portion of its Pizza Hut business. It also closed up to 300 restaurants. 

The locations range in size from 1,000-square-foot takeout and delivery-only restaurants to full service restaurants that run nearly 6,000 square feet. The majority are freestanding locations in neighborhood shopping centers and regional open-air

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Big Al Capone’s in Pipe remains closed; building for sale following owners’ retirement

PIPE – Big Al Capone’s, N10302 U.S. Highway 151, and its historical property are for sale.



a close up of a street in front of a house: Big Al Capone’s, present day.


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Big Al Capone’s, present day.

The restaurant temporarily closed in March shortly after the state’s safer-at-home order, deciding not to continue take-out services. By June, many local restaurants had reopened, but Big Al Capone’s was not one of them.

During the shutdown, owners Annie and John Schmitz retired and put the historical property up for sale, as of Sept. 20, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. 

Restaurant’s history includes gangsters, ghosts

The building was originally built in 1846 as the Stage Coach Inn and Fuhrman Hotel and had earned a place on the State Historical Registry, according to The Reporter archives. 

The Schmitzes previously owned Schmitty’s Oar House, and after selling, bought this building — said to be one of Al Capone’s stops when traveling between northern Wisconsin and

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New Philadelphia’s Skate Place closed, up for sale

Nancy Molnar Times-Reporter staff writer
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For many, memories of Skate Place date to their childhood. 

“I have so many memories here!” Lauren Rose told The Times-Reporter via Facebook. “When I was little at Indian Hills Christian School we would celebrate the 100th day of school here. In the morning we’d have a ‘read in.’ Kids got to curl up with books. We brought sleeping bags, blankets, pillows then in the afternoon we’d all head over to the Skate Place.”

“I spent almost every weekend there during my elementary years,”  wrote Madison Page, who lived about five minutes away from the rink in New Philadelphia. “And I went regularly from 2011-2015.

“I loved going with my friends to a safe place to skate and have a good time. I loved the arcade games and food too. I learned to skate there, and now that I am in high 

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