Daily Archives: June 11, 2010

Kababs to open in former Red Mesa Grill

WICHITA — At long last, Syed Jillani is about ready to open a restaurant in the former Red Mesa Grill space at 756 N. Tyler Road.

Two restaurants, in fact.

The first is Kababs, which will serve Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

There will be curry dishes, seafood and vegetarian entrees and, naturally, kababs.

The building is 6,000 square feet, and Kababs will go in only part of it.

Jillani still plans to open Grilled Cheez, a restaurant he first planned at the space a couple of years back.

The economy put those plans on hold, and Jillani instead operated his Wichita Private Chef’s Catering there while waiting for the economy to rebound.

Grilled Cheez likely will open at least two or three months down the road.

It will offer more inexpensively priced American food, though Jillani says Kababs also will be economical and casual.

He plans to still operate his catering company from there.

As soon as a Kababs opening date is set, we’ll let you know.

You don’t say

“It’s pretty scary when the wind blows and your pending contract . . . goes with it.”

Cory Harkleroad, managing director of KW Commercial, on how his deal for a new commercial development near the southwest corner of 21st and Maize Road is still on even though the contract pending sign blew away

Prairie Village Liquor to move within Prairie Village Shopping Center

WICHITA — Prairie Village Liquor is moving within the Prairie Village Shopping Center at the southwest corner of 13th and Woodlawn.

Jeff Campbell has owned the store for two and a half years, but he says there’s been a liquor store in that space for more than 30 years.

The store is in front of Dillons, but Campbell says, “We’re hidden behind a gas station.”

That’s why he’s moving to the former Cafe Cork & Canape space. It’s more visible, and he can take the former Eastside Chiropractic space next to it for a total of 3,200 square feet.

Initially, Campbell considered expanding the 1,700 square feet he currently has, but he likes the other option better. It’s a lot of work, though.

“Complete demolition,” Campbell says. “I’m the inexpensive labor trying to get it up to snuff.”

He hopes to move in a week or so. We’ll let you know when he does.