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The Michna’s Bar-B-Que building on Franklin Avenue is up for sale.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte

Michna’s Bar-B-Que restaurant, 2803 Franklin Ave., has closed its doors to the public but will offer catering service and meals for special events.

The 30-year-old restaurant underwent a four-month remodel this year before a quiet reopening in April, but the owners “have decided to go in a different direction,” said Brad Harrell, who is marketing the Michna’s building for the local office of Keller Williams Commercial Realty and Harrell Realty. It is priced at $449,500.

“They will continue hosting private parties at that location until it sells and then they will look for a smaller building,” Harrell said.

Many people know Michna’s for the large handgun-shaped barbecue pit on the front lawn.

For years, the restaurant has served brisket, sausage, ribs, chicken, turkey, ham, chopped barbecue and a long list of sides. Patrons could eat their fill while examining the many photos of John Wayne and other Western heroes on the wall.

When the eatery reopened after receiving a new look and feel, proprietor Greg Talasek had decided to scrap the daily buffet, saying it was not an efficient use of food. The decor also had changed with the installation of bricks from downtown buildings leveled by the deadly 1953 tornado. Talasek also liberally applied barn wood and created a new “Western corner.” He and brother-in-law Billy Michna gutted the place and exposed the rafters to create a rustic look and installed new fixtures.

But those changes will become part of the building’s appeal to a new owner, and Harrell said he’s receiving inquiries.

The for-sale sign went up Friday, but Harrell said the building actually had been on the market since shortly after the renovation was complete.

Built in 1942, the Michna’s building was expanded in 1990 and now covers 7,184 square feet on nearly an acre.

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