Wasabi Japanese Restaurant owner to open similar concept in former Bossa Grill space

WICHITA — Wasabi Japanese Restaurant owner Eun Young still has plans for an east-side restaurant, but they’ve changed slightly.

Young, whose first Wasabi is at 912 E. Douglas in Old Town, signed a deal this spring to open a similarly named restaurant in the 1,782-square-foot former Froz space at 3242 N. Rock.

After striking that deal with Occidental Management, Young learned of another nearby Occidental space that became available.

Now, he’s worked out a deal to take that 3,200-square-foot space where Bossa Grill used to be.

“He wanted the bigger space and obviously liked that it was already built out for a restaurant,” says Occidental president Chad Stafford.

He handled the lease with Occidental’s Bree Kelley.

Stafford also sold Young the restaurant equipment in the building.

Young is tweaking his Wasabi concept.

“I am going to try to be kind of a little bit . . . upscale,” he says.

The name will still be Wasabi, but it will be spelled differently. Young hasn’t decided how yet.

He likes the expanded space because it will allow him to do booths.

“I can make it more private.”

Young hopes to open in about two months.

Stafford is now working on finding a new tenant for the former Froz space.

“We’ve got several interested parties right now.”

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.