Restaurants making you wait a little longer

Behold! A pizza taco, straight from the Charlie's PizzaTaco Facebook page.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned writing about restaurants for the past decade, it’s that restaurants almost never open when they’re supposed to. Restauranteurs are eternally optimistic, but something always happens. The tables aren’t delivered. An inspection from the city is delayed. The liquor license is lagging. No matter what date they target for opening, you must add a minimum of two weeks. Two months is actually a safer bet.

Several almost-finished restaurants in Wichita are currently caught up in the delay game. But their owners promise they’ll be open soon. Among them:

Charlie’s PizzaTaco, 601 N. Tyler Road: The restaurant going into the former Pitas & Paninis space is delayed a bit while it waits on booths to be delivered. Managers now say the grand opening is a week or two away. The restaurant, which originated in Pratt, serves pizza in the shape of tacos.

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, 6960 W. 21st St.: The restaurant, which also has a location in Wellington, originally was set to open in the old La Mesa space on Saturday. But it’ll be another week or two, owners said. The restaurant is waiting on its liquor license, among other things.

Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill, 222 N. Washington: Owners Charlie Badeen and David Allan originally hoped to have their new place open in late October, but now it’s looking more like early December, Badeen said. The duo also owns Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill at 8550 W. 21st. St.

A fall bumper crop of new restaurants

El Agave Mexican Restaurant is just a couple of weeks away from opening at 3320 N. Rock Road.

With all that Kansas State Fair food sampling I’ve been doing, my “Comings & Goings” list got a little out of date. So over the past few days, I’ve dialed and driven and dialed and driven to gather a list of updates on restaurants scheduled to open during the next few months.

Some are delayed, but some are so close to opening, I can almost smell the new food goodness. Here’s a quick look at what I learned:

CherryBerry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, Central and Maize: The signs are up, but the new CherryBerry yogurt shop is still several weeks from opening because of trouble with the electrical system in the building. Look for a late September/early October opening. And if you’re having trouble waiting, there are about – oh – 325 other frozen yogurt shops in town that will ease your pain.

El Agave Mexican Restaurant, 3320 N. Rock Road: The exterior is ready, and now workers are getting the interior ready for an opening, which is just two or three weeks away.The space that El Agave will occupy most recently held Top China Buffet.

The Jaded Pearl, 1716 E. Douglas: I saw Michael Carmody at Zoobilee, and he told me he and partner Angela Mallory are just a few weeks away from opening their new tea shop. He’ll have an exact date when he gets back from Winfield.

Wasabi, 3242 N. Rock Road: Owners say the second Wasabi should be open in the old Bossa Grill space by the middle of October.

Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill,
222 N. Washington: Owner Charlie Badeen says this sister pub to Dudley’s and O’Brien’s should be ready to go at the end of October.

A.V.I.,
Broadview Hotel, (late October/early November). Ben Arnold still hopes to get his new restaurant inside the newly remodeled Broadview open by the end of October, but a problem with an elevator on order from Canada may push it back to early November, he said.

Fusa, 303 S. Greenwich: Plumbing issues have pushed the opening of this Asian restaurant, which owners are relocating from Towne East Mall, back several months. It could be late November before it’s ready.

I also have calls in about U Grill, the restaurant that’s supposed to take over the former Linkhaus space at 37th and Rock, and about the new Brazilian churrascaria/chop house Tad Fugate has planned for the Ted’s Montana Grill space at 21st and Tyler. I’ll update this post when I know more.