First rule of restaurants: They take (way) longer to open than you think

Jetty’s Pizza’s thissssss close to opening.

When a restaurateur tells me that he plans to have his restaurant open on a certain day, I always add a month or two.

I have almost never seen a restaurant open when its owner said or thought it would, and the most common reasons are construction and inspection delays. At the last minute, something doesn’t arrive or doesn’t work properly. And even if that doesn’t happen, city inspectors work at their own pace, and it always takes longer to get the green light than owners anticipate.

Take Jason Febres, who originally said he would open his new Taste & See Global Cuisine last Monday, Oct. 21. He encountered a variety of the above-mentioned problems, which were beyond his control, and he still isn’t open. The last time I got him on the phone, he said he was hoping for early next week.

Construction issues have also slowed down Ruben’s Mexican Grill, which owners Ruben and Anita Acosta started relocating from Douglas and McLean to a new spot at 915 W. Douglas back in April  The original plan was to reopen by May. About a month ago, they said they were aiming for Oct. 15. Now, Ruben says, it’ll be early November.

Wasabi west has a sign and a finished interior… but no opening date.

Jetty’s Pizza, the new arena-side restaurant being opened by businessman Mickey Lynch, is another example. He had hoped to open on Oct. 1, but now, he’s looking at the first part of November. The interior is nearly done, and Lynch has posted a billboard recruiting workers. He’s in the hiring process now and says he’ll have an update for me next week.

The most classic example of a delayed opening is Wasabi, the sushi restaurant at 912 E. Douglas. Back in 2010, owners said they’d open in January, which turned into February, March then April. The restaurant finally opened in late July of that year.

Owners have been working on a west-side Wasabi at 2402 N. Maize Road for even longer. Owners initially said it would open last December. Then, they said June. I drove by recently and the sign is up and the interior appears almost finished, but when I checked today, I was told that the opening date is now “in a month or so, but nothing is for sure.”

It happens.

I’ll keep you updated on all of the above restaurants.

Even more options for Sunday brunch

I have a complicated relationship with Sunday brunch.

I love it. Really love it. But it’s difficult for me to stop eating, especially when I have access to an amazing buffet. I am no longer allowed anywhere NEAR Granite City’s eggs Benedict station. (Self-imposed banishment.)

Three restaurants in Wichita have recently added or are about to add Sunday brunches, which will make my weekends even more complicated.

Among them:

1. Twelve Restaurant & Bar, 12111 W. Maple, 316-440-2812: The new restaurant recently launched a buffet-style Sunday brunch that features items such as salads, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, beef and chicken entrees, made-to-order French toast, peel-and-eat shrimp, pastries and more. It’s served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and costs $15.95 for adults and $6.95 for children 12 and under. It’s free for children 4 and under.

2. Mike’s Wine Dive, 4714 E. Douglas, 316-613-2772: Mike’s has been serving its Sunday brunch for several months. It features a la carte dishes such as French toast waffles served with three slices of bacon and two eggs for $9 and a lobster potato hash made with sliced onions, asparagus, and lobster that’s served with two poached eggs and topped with hollandaise for $12. It also offers a Bloody Mary bar. The brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

3. Taste & See Global Cuisine, 255 N. Washington: Chef Jason Febres, who is very close to opening his Taste & See Global Cuisine at 255 N. Washington, will offer a Sunday brunch at the new restaurant. The first one will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. It’ll be an upscale buffet brunch, he said, and it will feature some expected breakfast items but also will have Spanish tapas. He’s still deciding what he’ll charge.

Chef Febres back on national television

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UPDATE: Here’s a clip from this morning’s “Good Morning America” in which Fieri discusses the show and Febres makes a brief appearance.

Charismatic Latin chef — Taste & See’s Jason Febres — is about to make his second national television appearance.

Febres, who back in March appeared on an episode of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” is about to appear on Guy Fieri’s new show on Food Network.

It’s called “Guy’s Grocery Games,” and it premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday on Food Network.

It’s a game show set in a grocery store, and each episode pits four chefs against each other, competing in cooking challenges with levels of difficulty thrown in.

Wichita’s Chef Jason Febres will appear on an episode of the new Food Network show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

Food Network’s publicist said they don’t yet know when Febres’ episode will air but said he would let me know when it was scheduled.

Meanwhile, Febres said he’s in the casting process for yet another cooking show. He’s also about to open his new restaurant in Old Town — Taste & See Global Cuisine.

Taste & See Global opens Oct. 21; old spot will have lunch, events only

Chef Jason Febres gave me a tour of his under-construction Taste & See Global Cuisine at 255 N. Washington (inside the former Doc Howard’s space) this afternoon, but he wouldn’t let me take any pictures that showed much of the restaurant. He wants customers to be surprised by the custom-designed interior on opening day, which is scheduled for Oct. 21. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as brunch on Sundays.

The space is big — 4,536 square feet — and it will feature lots of seating, a big bar, a large outdoor patio, a tapas area and a set of wine lockers, where regular customers can store their stash.

It’ll also have an open kitchen prep area and a giant projection screen so that diners always can watch what’s going on in the kitchen. “I call it interactive reality cooking,” Febres said.

Oct. 20 will be the last day that Febres’ original space, the Taste & See inside Office This at 3825 E. Harry will be open for dinner. Once the new restaurant opens, the original will serve lunch only and also will be used for private events.

Febres has hired two sous chefs, and the three will split their time between both restaurants, he said.

The new restaurant will feature several of Febres’ classic dishes, including ceviche, paella and gaucho steak. But he also plans to add several dishes and plans to utilize his “molecular gastronomy” skills.

The dishes he has planned will use touches like truffle foam. One dish he described fro the new menu is a flash-seared ahi tuna with plantain hash browns with hydroponic watercress, tamarind reduction, fried tofu and wasabi texture.