Rusty’s and Rusty’s Outback will open for a final time before becoming part of the Johnny Kaw’s Sports Bar empire in Aggieville.
A sign announcing the move was posted last week outside Rusty’s, 1213 Moro St.
Johnny Kaw’s management will open the iconic bars for Fake Patty’s Day on March 11. After that owner Brett Allred plans to renovate the space into Johnny Kaw’s Yard Bar.
Allred, a K-State graduate, opened the Aggieville location in 2011. Since then he’s opened two others in the Kansas City area named after the “Midwest Paul Bunyan” created by a former K-State professor.
Johnny Kaw’s has expanded its Manhattan location several times and now has five bars in eight buildings, according to the bar’s website.
Allred didn’t respond Saturday to a voicemail message from the Mercury.
Rusty’s closed abruptly last month because of “unforeseen events,” according to a statement posted on social media.
Rusty’s, previously known as Last Chance, took its name from former owner Rusty Wilson, who sold Rusty’s and Kite’s in 2015 to Brandt Hill of Hill Management Group.
Wilson took over as the owner of Last Chance in 1989. Rusty’s building has housed many things in its lifetime. This includes a Sinclair gas station and a BF Goodrich Tire Center.
The origins of Last Chance started in the 1970s when the Last Chance Pizza Mill opened. It eventually became Last Chance Restaurant and Saloon, at one time being split in the middle to serve 18-year-olds on one side and 21-yearolds and older on the other side. The bar has been around since at least 1982.