The Office closes

The Office, a downtown staple, closes. (CHRIS NEAL/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL)

The Office closes

Bar closed across from Capitol
October 6, 2014

The Office is closed.

The downtown lounge and restaurant, best known for its dueling piano bar, closed its location at 124 S.W. 8th, across the street from the Capitol.

The bar didn’t announce a closing, but their phone number was disconnected, the business’ website was offline and a former Facebook page had been deactivated.

In 2010, the arrival of Dan Defendorf led to a revamp of the corner bar, doubling the facility and adding the stage for dueling pianos and other live music. Then Dendorf opened The Office Too! at 3251 S.W. Topeka Blvd. in August 2011. The Office Too! closed in March 2012, after which Defendorf said he no longer owned businesses in Topeka, and considered himself a resident of Baltimore.

Bryan Lewis took over ownership of the bar and tried to cater to a younger crowd with more live music and DJs, according to a February 2013 story in The Topeka Capital-Journal.