Gaslamp Grille & Lounge future is uncertain

UPDATED — The fate of the Gaslamp Grille & Lounge has been in flux for a while, but its future became even more puzzling on Friday.

That’s when Gaslamp general manager Dave Jewett started letting people know the restaurant will be closing. Specifically, he was alerting musical acts that were scheduled to appear this weekend and on future dates.

Musicians who have played at the bar and restaurant, which is in the former Shadow space near Central and Rock, were informed they won’t be needed anymore.

Neither Jewett nor owner Whitney VinZant returned calls for comment. Nor did anyone answer or return a voicemail left at the restaurant, nor did Gaslamp’s marketing director return a call.

After Have You Heard? posted something online to say the restaurant would be closing, Jewett e-mailed to say it was open and would not be closing after business Friday.

When asked, via e-mail, why he was telling people the business is closing, Jewett didn’t reply.

Prior to the Gaslamp’s late 2010 opening, VinZant told The Eagle: “It’s going to be surprising to a lot of people. When we open, they’re going to see a side of dining they haven’t seen in Wichita.”

The business has struggled, though.

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that VinZant was in talks to possibly change the restaurant’s concept, which has been focused on more upscale dining. A dueling piano bar seemed to be in the running.

Whether that’s still a possibility or whether VinZant may do something else in the space isn’t clear.

We’ll keep you posted.