Hatteberg's People - Sonny Glennon

By: Larry Hatteberg Email
By: Larry Hatteberg Email

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On Hatteberg's People, Over at the Scotch and Sirloin restaurant, Sonny Glennon is well known throughout Wichita as a man whose larger than life personality has helped him acquire legions of fans and contributed to successful businesses. As the Scotch celebrates its 40th year, Sonny continues putting his larger than life personality on display daily at this Wichita landmark.
“Hello, how are you? Hi Jimmie, great to have you…how are you?”
“It’s all part of the atmosphere, it really is.”
“We have a ‘business’ clientele.”
“Hey, what are you doing?”
“How many will you have?”
“We can do this for you.”
With the Scotch celebrating its 40th Anniversary ---
“How are you my friend?”
Sonny has been there for half of it. He has 20 years greeting folks and is now the general manager.
“It’s a ‘throw-back’ restaurant. What I mean by that is that it is old school. It’s dark lights, big oversize prime-rib, it’s a place that way back in the old days, it was the private-club thing. It was fun!”
And speaking of the old days…Sonny began his career at the old Kamils which later became Tom and Sonny’s.
“I learned about literally starting with boiling water. I knew absolutely nothing.”
“How is it going?”
So, after learning the trade is a series of Kitchens, he now has great memories of how much it taught him.
“We have to be specialized now, in the ‘day’ I had to be the fry guy, the broiler guy, the sauté guy. I did it all.”
The Scotch and Sirloin itself began at Kellogg & Bluff in 1968, and immediately became popular. In the early days, it’s reputation was discussed with a smile and a ‘wink’.
“Sometimes you know there were situations that went on that made people think…wow what a great place this is.”
“It does add to the nostalgia here. It is probably the reason why we wear the uniforms that we do. You can meet a lot of people, a lot of people who can help you in your career who really see you for who you are and not what you are wearing.”
“We’ve maintained the integrity of the restaurant. I think in 40 years you have to do what was good for it. You hold the good, get rid of the bad and do whatever it takes to be successful.”
“Yeah, you might see Harrison Ford ---
“Charlie Daniels.”
“Many celebrities like Chris Rock.”
“I met Neil Young…”
“I have a picture with Neal Young.”
“That was a big highlight.”
“I just wake up saying this is another one of those great days to go to work.”
“There she is, her feet are flying…56 would be great.”
“I fell in love with the business. I knew that this was what I was destined to do.”
“You have a great time…enjoy!”

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