ABILENE (KSNT) – Plans to reopen a legendary Kansas restaurant lost in the COVID-19 pandemic are no more, the original owners announced Tuesday.

(Courtesy Photo/Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Kansans knew the Brookville Hotel for its fried chicken dinners, but it closed in October 2020 due to the pandemic and fewer visitors. The Munson family, who in February completely lost their Prime Steakhouse in Junction City to a devastating fire, said May 4 that they were teaming up with Brookville’s original family owners to make “Legacy Kansas” at the Brookville Hotel property.

Legacy Kansas was slated to open June 23. However, Mark and Connie Martin told their Facebook fans that they couldn’t finalize a contract with the Munsons, so they had to cancel the reopen.

“We are very sad to announce that we were unable to finalize a contract with The Munsons at this time. We will not be opening on June 23 as planned. We want to thank all of our faithful and loyal patrons that have supported us over the many years and were excited we were coming back!”

Mark and Connie Martin

Alongside the Munson steaks, Legacy Kansas was going to combine the menus of the Brookville Hotel and the old Prime Steakhouse, with “gourmet burgers, and homemade ice cream featuring a replica of Munson’s Prime Steakhouse’s iconic ice cream maker.”