Hibachi Hut, a food legend in Aggieville and the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Manhattan, has closed its doors for good.
The closure was confirmed via a tweet from an Aggieille official Sunday night. Owners of the building have apparently leased the site to a franchise of Fuzzy Tacos, which will open Aug. 15.
“I received a text shortly before midnight last night,” Tim Fitzgerald, president of the Aggieville Business Association said. “It said they were closing immediately and leasing the building to a franchise.”
Hut owner Kale Becker could not be reached for comment. But a tweet from Hibachi Hut’s twitter account said, “Well everyone it was a great eleven years for the most part. Sad it had to come to this but gotta think positive and strive for bigger and better.” A subsequent tweet said, “Would have done lots of things different if I would have been given the opportunity. Keep it Local. Lots of great places in the ‘Ville.”
Hibachi Hut opened its doors in 1959 in the 1100 block of Moro. It moved to a location near the Manhattan Regional Airport for a short period time, then moved to its currently location at 608 N. St., in 1963.
The restaurant, which for many year specialized in American, barbecue and Cajun cuisine, was a finalist in a recent 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine competition.
“It’s a real loss to the community and to the state of Kansas,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s one of the great restaurants in Kansas.”