Last Waid’s restaurant to close Saturday

The last Waid’s restaurant will close this weekend.

“We were bought out,” said Clinton Smith, manager of the restaurant at 1130 W. 103rd St.

Smith said the restaurant will close at 2 p.m. Saturday. He didn’t know if the new owners would reopen it as a Waid’s or another concept and referred questions to Waid’s owner Haddad Restaurant Group. Officials with Haddad could not be reached for comment.

Waid’s started as a family owned business in 1953 and grew to at least 14 restaurants The restaurants were known for their comfort food — hot turkey sandwiches with house-made gravy, country fried steak, peanut butter pie and custard cups among the choices.

But longtime customer Pat Campbell of south Kansas City said he went for the hospitality and tenured staff. He doesn’t care if a new owner opens another Waid’s in the spot but would like it to be a family-style restaurant.

“There are so many elderly people that have been going there for years, some three times a day,” Campbell said. “And I don’t know any grandchild who hasn’t been dragged in there at one time or another.”