Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant to add east-side site and possibly west as well

UPDATED — It seemed to take forever to open the first Wasabi Japanese Restaurant at 912 E. Douglas — it was supposed to open in January 2010 and instead opened in July — but a second one already is on its way.

Owner Eun Young plans to open in the 1,782-square-foot former Froz space at 3242 N. Rock in about three months. There will be a patio as well.

The menu will offer the same sushi and Japanese dishes his downtown restaurant has.

Bree Kelley of Occidental Management handled the deal.

Young may be close to a deal on a west-side Wasabi, too.

We’ll keep you posted.

Toc’s Coffeehouse won’t reopen; building is listed for lease

WICHITA — A Wichita tradition has come to an end.

Toc’s Coffeehouse is not reopening after all.

Earlier this month, owners Paul and Eunice Nam said they were temporarily closed due to an issue with a hot water heater and that they were struggling to find a new one.

The Nams took over the more than 60-year-old Toc’s, a breakfast favorite, at 1519 S. George Washington Drive four years ago.

They said their restaurant would reopen despite an issue with back taxes.

State figures show they owe $23,244, though Paul Nam says he’s not sure that is correct.

The Nams didn’t return a call for comment this week.

Landmark Commercial Real Estate has the building listed for lease. Interested individuals can contact Landmark broker Lewis Kelley.

You don’t say

“I saw the movie.”

— Entrepreneur Jack DeBoer when asked what he knows about Facebook

Snip N’ Clip Family Haircut Shops expands in Wichita

WICHITA — Debbie Vielock’s family has had Snip N’ Clip Family Haircut Shops in Wichita for 47 years, but she says now is a particularly great time to expand because it coincides with her son playing baseball at Wichita State University.

Vielock lives in Kansas City, where her late father, Ronnie Mitchell, started his salon business 61 years ago.

Until recently, the family had seven company-owned salons in the Wichita area.

Two new ones will bring the total to nine, and the family plans at least two more here.

“We kind of feel like we lucked out a little bit,” Vielock says.

She has to come to Wichita twice a month for business, and she also can see her son, Foster Vielock, pitch for WSU.

“We just feel like we’ve had the best of both worlds so far this year,” she says.

A 1,700-square-foot Snip N’ Clip opened next to Jimmy’s Egg at Harry and Rock two weeks ago, and an 1,100-square-foot one is scheduled to open Wednesday at Maple and Ridge next to Scrapbook Garden.

The family, which continues to expand across Kansas, has 41 company-owned stores and 17 franchises.

Sephora to open May 6

WICHITA — The much-anticipated — at least in some circles — Sephora store coming to Bradley Fair will open May 6.

The 5,443-square-foot store will have more than 13,000 beauty products with more than 200 brands.

The store is between Jason’s Deli and Gymboree and will fill the remainder of the Restoration Hardware space.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sundays when they’re noon to 6 p.m.

The first 100 customers to show up for the grand opening will have a chance to receive Sephora gift cards valued at up to $100.

You don’t say

“We work in advertising! We try to do something free, altruistic and karma restoring at least once a year.”

Sean Amore of Associated Integrated Marketing in an e-mail about the agency’s Care-A-Ton free tree giveaway at 7 a.m. Friday in Old Town Square in celebration of Arbor Day

Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar to open in the former Maharaja space on West Central

WICHITA — While serving in the Army for the last four years, Jeremy Ga-Ye had an epiphany.

Previously, he criss-crossed the country working in various service jobs, such as bartending and cooking.

“I was like, wow, I should have really stayed with the service industry business,” he says he realized.

So now he’s opening Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar in the former Maharaja space at 3008 W. Central.

IstvanIshTamas of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Ga-Ye named the restaurant after his daughter, 6-year-old Lexi Raven.

“She’s my first daughter, and this is my first business.”

Ga-Ye has two other children, 5-year-old daughter Alexandria Raven and 3-year-old son Akillies Raven.

So is he already thinking of more restaurants to name for them?

“You know, actually that was the plan,” Ga-Ye says.

The menu at Lexi’s will include burgers, steaks and vegetarian dishes — what Ga-Ye calls “basic food” that’s affordable.

“That’s really what everybody wants.”

He didn’t want to focus on one kind of cuisine that attracts only people who like that type of food.

“Why have just one type of person come in your place?”

Ga-Ye plans to add a pizza oven at some point.

He’ll be open for lunch, dinner and drinks until 2 a.m.

Look for Lexi’s to open a few weeks into May.

Ga-Ye says the restaurant will feature art from local artists who paint directly on his walls.

“It’s a twist to the place.”

Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas chooses out-of-state company for web redevelopment

WICHITA — The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas exists to help Kansans find work. That doesn’t mean it can always hire Kansas companies to do its own work, though.

The Workforce Alliance recently had a request for proposals to upgrade its website.

Though Wichita and Kansas firms submitted bids, a California-based company won the work.

Chad Pettera, chief fiscal officer for the Workforce Alliance, says the group is funded mostly by federal dollars and therefore can’t conduct RFPs based on locales.

“The federal rules just won’t allow that.”

Pettera says the firm with the winning bid, Vision Internet of Santa Monica, offered to do the work for free.

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Riverside Cafe of Derby to open this summer

WICHITA — Riverside will no longer be exclusive to Wichita.

Riverside Cafe, that is.

Paul and Heather Cohlmia own the restaurant on West 13th Street in Wichita’s Riverside neighborhood along with Riverside Too, which they opened last year in the former Livingston’s Cafe space at 924 S. Woodlawn.

Now, they’re preparing to open Riverside Cafe of Derby at 824 N. Baltimore.

“It’s old Derby,” Paul Cohlmia says.

He’s going to offer the same family-style dishes he has at his other restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“There’s probably not any family-cooked meals there the way we do it here,” Cohlmia says.

The restaurant, which will be in 3,000 square feet, will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is the same hours as his other restaurants.

Cohlmia expects to open in late August or early September.

You don’t say

“Move to Wichita and open a Dairy Queen.”

— No. 5 on David’s Letterman’s Tuesday Top Ten list of Katie Couric’s future plans