Topeka’s Timberline Steakhouse closed its door this week, and little information was available for disappointed customers wondering why.
The doors to Timberline Steakhouse and Grill, 1425 Wanamaker Rd., were locked Wednesday. A sign posted on the door thanked patrons for visiting the restaurant over the past 11 years and indicated a new restaurant is on the way.
According to WIBW, county records indicate the restaurant is owned by Wanamaker Steaks L.L.C. out of Wichita, which also has Timberline Restaurants in Wichita and Salina. Calls to the corporate office in Wichita Wednesday morning were not immediately returned.
The restaurant’s electronic sign along the Wanamaker corridor informed passers-by that a Jose Pepper’s Border Grill and Cantina will be moving into the former Timberline location.
The first of the Jose Pepper’s chain of Mexican restaurants opened in Overland Park, Kan., in 1988. There are now eight locations throughout the Kansas City area, and another opened recently in Wichita, marking the first location outside of the Kansas City area.
The Jose Peppers menu consists of classic Mexican dishes, including enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, as well as more unique fare, such as flautas and tamales. The chain is known for its salsa and espinaca – both so popular they are sold at many Kansas City area grocery stores – and their margaritas, available two for $7 every day.
Queries to Jose Peppers’ corporate office were not returned Wednesday. For more information on the chain, its history and a full menu, visit the official Web site.