Sirloin Stockades and Coyote Canyons in Kansas are no more.
The six franchises in the state, including one in Ottawa, 2230 S. Princeton St., are now known by the name “Kansas Buffet Company.” Temporary “now open” signs have covering the old name at Ottawa’s location, and another temporary banner on the building lists the new title.
“The Ottawa location, it’s going to be a slow transition over the next two to three months,” Chris Vestal, manager, said. “It’s going to be better for our customers. We’re looking forward to it being an exciting place for people to come down and eat.”
Kelly Restaurant Group, San Diego, is no longer affiliated with Stockade Companies. According to court documents, in 2014, Stockade Companies entered into 15 “separate franchise agreements” with Kelly Restaurant Group.
“Stockade alleges that beginning in May 2016 and continuing through the present, Kelly has failed to pay royalties to Stockade in violation of the franchise agreements,” the document reads.
Kelly Restaurant Group also owns seven Montana Mike’s restaurants in Kansas, including those in Emporia and Newton. Those locations will now be known as Kansas Bar and Grill.
Michael Kelly, owner of Kelly Companies, said different menu options and better-quality products will be available with the switch, according to a news release.
“A lot of the stuff on the food has changed since we’re no longer Sirloin Stockade, so we can’t use their recipes,” Vestal said. “A lot of its homemade recipes — our mashed potatoes are different, our chicken’s different, our fish is different. Our soups are different, they’re homemade.”
Throughout the next few months, Kansas Buffet Company will undergo changes, such as updating the store front and adding new furnishings, Vestal said. The restaurant will remain open during the renovations, with much of the work being done overnight, he added.
Craft beer will also be available at some locations in the future, but it’s too soon to tell if Ottawa will be one of those, Vestal said. Despite all the changes, the staff has and will remain the small, he said.
The company owns around 100 restaurants in 22 states, according to a news release.
“We’re not a small company,” Vestal said.
Gift cards purchased previously at Sirloin Stockades will still be honored.
The restaurant’s hours in Ottawa remain the same — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.