Restaurant closing: U Grill

U Grill just opened in late September.

U Grill, we hardly knew ye.

This morning, a reader tipped me off that U Grill, a restaurant that just opened in late September in the former Linkhaus spot at 7817 E. 37th St. N., was closed.

After e-mailing and calling the owner to no avail, I called two restaurants across the street — Fizz Burgers and Bottles and Pacific Coast Pizza – whose employees confirmed the closing. The Pacific Coast Pizza employee told me that U Grill closed about a month ago, meaning it was in business for only about a month and a half.

The restaurant was owned by Will Clark and included a Mongolian Grill plus build-your-own Philly cheese steaks sandwiches, burgers, brats and hot dogs.

U Grill should open Wednesday

The soon-to-open U Grill.

U Grill is a new restaurant scheduled for a soft opening** Wednesday in the former Linkhaus space at 7817 E. 37th St. N.

The restaurant, owned by recently relocated Oklahoma lawyer Will Clark, will include a Mongolian Grill, where patrons load up a bowl of meats, veggies and sauces and watch as the concoction is cooked. It’ll also serve Philly cheese steaks sandwiches, burgers, brats and hot dogs. Patrons who order those will be given a smaller bowl and can fill them up with whatever toppings they’d like for their sandwiches.

The big draw, Clark said: Everything will be under $7.

Dining room hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A drive-through will be open  until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-425-5730.

By the way, a **soft opening means that the restaurant is getting its bearings, training staff to work with real people and seeing how the flow goes. So if you go, bring patience and a forgiving attitude.

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With all that Kansas State Fair food sampling I’ve been doing, my “Comings & Goings” list got a little out of date.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.