A reprieve for Wild Thyme

Some Wild Thyme fare.

Last week, I reported here that Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery in Maize had closed, plagued by high costs and low traffic.

A week later, owner Jody Briceland has developed a plan for salvaging a version of her restaurant at 5855 N. Maize Road, which specializes in organic ingredients as well as dishes that are gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian.

On Sept. 6, she’ll reopen as Wild Thyme Gourmet To-Go. Briceland will still offer her full menu, but it’ll be available mainly for carry-out, delivery or catering. It’s a cost-saving measure that will help her still provide food to the fans she’s developed, many of whom deluged her Facebook page with “DON’T CLOSE!” messages once word got out.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call the restaurant at 316-729-6200 for more information after Sept. 6.

Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery is closed

I received an e-mail today from a distraught fan of Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery in Maize, which officially closed on Saturday.

Owner Jody Briceland opened the restaurant last November at 5855 N. Maize Road and served a menu that featured organic ingredients as well as dishes that were gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian. Over the past year, she earned several loyal fans, including one of my daughter’s teachers who would rave about the restaurant to me whenever I’d listen. He stuck a menu in my hand just a couple of weeks ago.

But a number of factors conspired to lead to the restaurant’s closing, Briceland said, including the high cost of organic ingredients, the relative smallness of her space (it seated about 22 people), and the location, which didn’t turn out to be as good as she’d hoped. Taxes were killing her, she said, and if she didn’t close, she worried she would soon not be able to pay her 10 staff members.

“The business was growing, but not enough to offset it,” she said. “That was the hard part.”

Briceland will continue catering from the space and says she will honor all outstanding gift certificates, either with caterings, to-go meals, private dinners or even refunds. Her hope is that she can eventually reopen in a better location. Several people have recommended Delano.

“This has really been heartbreaking for me because this was my dream,” she said.

Those needing to resolve gift certificate issues should call 316-305-1396.

Good eats at Winefest

I love Winefest. I love it so much. Look how much fun I had there last year with my friends Kim and Jill. We ate at least a pound of sushi-style ahi tuna, learned that we love SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc,  hobnobbed with Guy Bower and Brett Harris, and went out to Chester’s for Tumbleweeds when it was all over. Ahhhh. Good times.

This year, I can’t go because I’m otherwise engaged, and I’m very unhappy about missing it. This is one fun event.

You can read my story about the Grand Tasting online tomorrow and in the Go! section on Friday, but in the meantime, I have a list of all the restaurants that will be at Saturday night’s Grand Tasting and what delicious bites they’ll be serving. Organizers secured 14 restaurants this year, including a few new ones — Newport Grill and Gaslamp Grille among them.

Tell me how it is if you go. Sniff. Sniff sniff.

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New restaurant roundup

fizzLittle tidbits of restaurant news have surfaced over the past few weeks that I’m not sure I paid adequate attention to. So please allow me this little restaurant roundup.

John Browns is a new bar and restaurant in the former Clifton Wine and Jazz space at 3700 E. Douglas. It serves a menu of appetizers, sandwiches and unique desserts from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. One of its coolest features: A bloody Mary bar on Sundays.

Bocco Deli opened recently in the former Zoomdweebie’s Tearoom space at 3010 E. Central. It’s owned by Nathan Toubia, son of the late Antoine Toubia, and features soup, salads, sandwiches and pasta. A colleague of mine ate there today and said it was tasty and inexpensive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fizz Burgers & Bottles opened a couple of weeks ago at 7718 E. 37th St. N. featuring a menu of gourmet burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The bottles in the name refers to a list of unique beers, wines and bottled sodas. The number is 316-260-2888.

Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery opened last week at 5255 N. Maize Rd in Maize featuring a menu that offers gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, vegan and vegetarian dishes plus regular old sandwiches, casseroles and daily specials.

Flying Donuts also opened last week next to Bella Luna Cafe at 4618 E. Central. In addition to donuts, it offers croissants, sandwich croissants and kolaches from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Full Moon Pub, owned by the same people behind Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill and Mulligan’s, should open in a couple of weeks in the Yogi’s Bar & Grill space at 2804 S. Seneca. It’ll feature burgers, pizza and other bar fare.