Wasabi Sushi Bar West almost set to open

WICHITA — Wasabi founders Steve and Jasmine Young are, at long last, on the verge of opening their Wasabi Sushi Bar West.

“It should be here within the next week, maybe two weeks at most,” says manager Matt Polk.

The business is opening at 2404 N. Maize Road near Logan’s Roadhouse.

It was 2012 when the Youngs first told Have You Heard? they were opening on the west side, which followed their Old Town Wasabi in 2010 and one on North Rock Road after that.

Polk says several things have been holding up the west-side opening.

“There was just a lot of just minor delays,” he says.

A more major delay was that the Youngs sold their other two Wasabi restaurants in November.

“Obviously, them working out … the decision to sell North Rock and downtown was kind of a big factor,” Polk says.

He says the Youngs are interested in opening more Wasabis, including at least one more in Wichita, and they have children. He says “running so much stuff was too much stress.”

Polk says the idea is for the Youngs to “focus on giving their 110 percent on these new locations.”

He says they want to make the west-side Wasabi “the nicest and most upgraded, in their eyes.”

Look for a finalized opening date soon.