Johnny Carino's, Mr. Stir Fry Leave Topeka Restaurant Scene

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW-TV) - Options for Italian and stir fry are off the menu in Topeka.

13 News learned Monday that Johnny Carino's and Mr. Stir Fry both closed their Topeka locations.

Carino's posted a note on the door Monday announcing it had closed. The restaurant is located on SW 6th, west of Wanamaker, in what was known as the River Hill development, that also includes a movie theater and Red Robin restaurant.

A person close to the situation who asked not to be identified told 13 News owners from Oklahoma came in after closing Sunday night and broke the news to managers. He said effort was made to call all employees to tell them, but at least one worker told 13 News he didn't know until they showed up Monday.

As to why it closed, a person inside the business Monday who also asked not to be identified said the River Hill area did not develop as promised and it was difficult to get people to come north of I-70 on Wanamaker to eat.

In August, the restaurant's owner, Hardee's Alabama LLC was listed as owing $23,118.12 in property taxes to Shawnee County for the Johnny Carino's building.

Further south on Wanamaker, Mr. Stir Fry, off SW 17th and Wanamaker, posted a sign on their front door stating they closed October 21st. The sign indicates a Royal Buffet will be moving in. It's unknown when that will open.

In another restaurant note, Mr. Goodcents closed one of its four Topeka locations. The Wanamaker Road store, next to Radio Shack, has closed.

Employees at Papa Keno's Pizzeria in Lawrence have confirmed they will move into the vacant spot within the next few months.

Papa Keno's opened in 1991. It specializes in East coast style pizza, calzones and fresh baked bread. They currently have locations in Lawrence and Overland Park.

Mr. Goodcents three other Topeka locations remain open.