After 50 years, Salyer family selling Wheat Lands restaurant
By The Telegram
After owning The Wheat Lands Restaurant and Convention Center, 1408 E. Fulton St., for more than 50 years, the Salyer family is selling the establishment.
On Sunday, managing partners Van Salyer and Gary Salyer of Wheat Lands Inc., announced plans to sell the property to a local family. The closing of the sale is scheduled for this afternoon.
The Salyers did not disclose the buyers' names. Martin Nusser, who is helping with the sale as broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Shoppe, declined to provide the buyers' names until after the closing on Tuesday.
In a press release, the Salyers said, "All great things have to some day come to an end, and after over 50 years of continuous operations and our advancing ages, it was time to let someone else have the enjoyment we have had for many, many years."
According to the release, the initial plans were for the current Wheat Lands Restaurant to remain in operation for four to eight weeks, but because the new owners do not yet have their required Kansas restaurant license, the restaurant closed Sunday. On Monday, the Salyers donated about $4,000 worth of leftover food to the Emmaus House.
According to the release, the new owners will be renaming the restaurant and are scheduled to reopen it in about eight to 10 weeks.
Van Salyer said the new owners plan to add a bar and turn the three existing dining rooms at the restaurant into one.
In an email to The Telegram, Linda Adams, broker/owner of Adams Real Estate and president of the Lion's Club said, "We so appreciate all the years of service to our Noon Lion's club, which has met weekly at the Wheatland's Convention Center for 35 years."
In the release, the Salyer brothers said, "Thank you to all our thousands of customers who have made the Wheat Lands one of the most popular and longest running restaurants in this part of Kansas."
Wheat Lands Inc., owns and will continue to operate Wheat Lands Country Store, 1521 E. Fulton St., and is the Hertz Rent-A-Car licensee for Garden City, Dodge City and Liberal.