After almost 30 years as a hub for commuters waiting out traffic on I-64, singles mingling and dating, and leisurely Sunday brunchers, KT’s will close May 4. Soon thereafter, work will begin to convert the iconic space into Le Moo Fine Steak House under the ownership of Kevin Grangier. The owner of The Village Anchor and Pub in Anchorage, Grangier is shooting for an early August opening date for his new venture.

On May 5, Grangier will host a private gathering to thank longtime KT’s patrons, many of whom eat there multiple times a week. He has elicited comments from those regulars, many of whom expressed sad feelings regarding the end of KT’s. He said most accept the restaurant has had its day and support the change to Le Moo, but he said that doesn’t keep them from mourning its closing.

Grangier is keeping the details of his renovations close to his chest. When Le Moo does open, Grangier plans to expand its service options gradually, starting with dinner and lunch first, before adding breakfast by year’s end.