Beloved Wichita burger joint is back open

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

You can’t miss the classic 1950s sign while driving down West 13th street in Wichita.

“I think everybody was wanting to see this kind of still keep going and not just turn into another abandoned dirt building in the community,” owner Shawn Gilbert said.

The beloved burger joint, Jacks North Hi Carryout is open once again. This time with a few changes.

“We’re just sliders, corn dogs, fries, onion rings and pickle fries. I’m trying to keep the menu very simple,” Gilbert said.

First opened in 1951, old Jacks customers will be happy to see some original touches.

“We went to high school here and ate here when we went to school,” customer Jeremy Price said

Gilbert restored the original sign out front. He also left original menu hanging on the wall inside and added some classic 1950s touches to the inside.

“I think it looks better. It’s bigger, more room. I like the old menu,” customer Monica Mendoza said.

With North High School being just across the street, Jacks’ new owner is hoping the restaurant will appeal to busy students on their lunch breaks.

“Easy one-handed eating. They’re walking around with cell phones, backpacks purses and whatever else, so instead of trying to eat a full-sized burger with both hands or a hot dog out of a hot dog boat or whatever, that’s why I went to corn dogs and sliders,” Gilbert said.

A restaurant aimed to please the Riverside community, both old and new.

“Oh yeah, we’ll be coming back,” Mendoza said.

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