Heydes are new owners of B&K Rootbeer Stand

New B&K Rootbeer Stand owners Kim (left) and Kirk Heyde stand outside the iconic building at 1218 S. Jefferson St., Huntington. The Heydes bought the business, which has operated for 69 years, on Jan. 1.
New B&K Rootbeer Stand owners Kim (left) and Kirk Heyde stand outside the iconic building at 1218 S. Jefferson St., Huntington. The Heydes bought the business, which has operated for 69 years, on Jan. 1. Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kirk and Kim Heyde are the new owners of the B&K Rootbeer Stand in Huntington.

The couple bought the business on Jan. 1 from former owner Roger Stephens.

Kirk Heyde says he and his wife bought the business so he could get back into being a part of a community, something he enjoyed in the past, as his family owned the Huggy Bear in Warren for a number of years and Kirk also owned the hardware store in that community for several years.

“Just because I missed the people,” Kirk Heyde says of the reason for buying the restaurant. “I loved the people that I worked with in Warren, the community involvement. I loved being a part of the community.

“We’ve always been a part of the community. It’s always been about serving the community.”

Under the A&W name for the first 39 years, the restaurant has existed since 1949.

Kirk Heyde says while he wants the B&K tradition to continue, he also wants to add some new items to the menu. Among those additions are a premium chicken breast sandwich, premium chicken strips and a premium fish filet.

An expanded kids’ menu will include mini-corn dogs as well, Heyde adds.

But with the new menu additions, Heyde also wants to keep much of the old style and feel of the B&K. Lighting is being added around the building to give it more of the look of the past, and classic rock and roll will be played through the sound system.

“I want people to experience a part of the past,” Heyde notes. “I want it to be a family environment where people can get a taste of what it used to be like.”

The business is open daily form 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but when the local baseball season gets rolling, the business will expand its hours to 10 p.m.

The business location is 1218 S. Jefferson St. The phone number is 356-6920.

Kim Heyde has worked at First Merchants Bank for several years and will continue her employment there, although she will help out at the restaurant as needed, Kirk Heyde says. Various other family members will also help out at the restaurant, he adds.

Heyde notes that the restaurant is a tribute to his parents, longtime Warren business people Dallas and Sheila Heyde. His father died in 2016.