Jackie Chan’s sushi to open near Central and Oliver

WICHITA — Another Asian restaurant is moving into the former home of Sit at Thai Express on East Central just east of Oliver.

Binh Tran is opening Jackie Chan’s Sushi in the small space, which also has a drive-through.

“He’s been making sushi in Wichita for 20 years,” says Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos., who handled the deal.

“He’s been at Kwan Court and Sakura,” Boyd says.

“He’s never had his own spot. . . . So this is his first venture on his own.”

Tran says he’s naming the business after himself.

“Jackie Chan is my nickname,” he says.

Tran says his friends named him that years ago.

Boyd says he’s sampled some of Tran’s cooking.

“It’s really, really good.”

Boyd calls it “some of the best sushi I’ve ever had.”

Tran says he’ll also have stir fry and pho, a Vietnamese soup.

Look for the restaurant to open in mid April.


My Dentist to open in former Kwan Court space near 13th and North Rock Road

WICHITA — The former Kwan Court space has sold, but not to a restaurant.

Oklahoma City-based My Dentist is taking the space at 1443 N. Rock Road just north of 13th Street.

“We’re a complete care dentistry,” says marketing project manager Kyearra Morris. “We usually build new, but that one will be a renovation. … It’ll be completely renovated from (the) ground up.”

It’s a $2 million renovation. There’s a chance the company may add on to the almost 7,000-square-foot space, though that’s not the plan now.

“New plans are coming out every single day,” Morris says.

She says there are plans for 12 work stations for hygienists. Initially, there will be one dentist, and a second will be hired almost immediately. Also, there will be a specialist on staff, but the company hasn’t decided if that will be an orthodontist, periodontist or another specialist.

My Dentist started in 1983.

“It has grown to over 40 offices,” Morris says.

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Pat James returns to Wichita radio

WICHITA — Pat James, who has been Cornbread’s sidekick since their days at KFDI, 101.3-FM, is leaving their radio show in St. Louis and returning to Wichita.

“I did not want to leave,” he says.

James and the producer of the show were victims of budget cuts under new management.

As of May 30, James will be the program director for KIBB, 97.1-FM, (“Bob-FM”) and KVWF, 100.5-FM, (“The Wolf”) – two stations that didn’t exist when he left here in 2004.

James also will be on air, but he doesn’t have a specified slot yet.

Though James would have preferred to stay in St. Louis, Wichita isn’t a bad alternative, he says.

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Kwan Court building on North Rock Road for sale or lease

WICHITA — It looks like Kwan Court will be closing, most likely at the end of September.

No one with the restaurant could be reached for comment, but J.P. Weigand & Sons’ Doug Malone has a listing to sell or lease the building at 1443 N. Rock Road.

According to a listing announcement that Weigand e-mailed to area brokers today, the property will be available at the end of September.

The almost 7,000-square-foot building, which was built in 1978, has 70 parking spaces.

It’s listed for $1.2 million or is available for lease for $10,000 a month.

Last month, The Eagle reported that Kwan Court accidentally let its liquor license lapse but hoped to get it back soon.

On its website, Kwan Court bills itself as an east-side tradition after being open for more than 20 years.

Look for more information on the space soon.

Kwan Court to reopen Monday

Kwan Court will reopen Monday with an updated menu, new aquariums and decor throughout.

The restaurant at 1443 N. Rock has been closed for remodeling since late May.

Owner Kong Wong says there will be a combination reopening and Father’s Day celebratory buffet on Sunday, June 21, that will feature prime rib and a number of special seafood dishes, including baked king salmon and Alaskan snow crab. He says the restaurant’s updated menu features more seafood.

The new aquariums, which will form a circle in the dining room, will feature fresh water and salt water marine life, Wong says. There is new carpet and tiles throughout Kwan Court and new landscaping as well.

Also, from June 15 to mid-July, dinner guests will receive one coupon per table for a free appetizer to use on their next visit.

Yep, Kwan Court is still open

sushiKwan Court owner Kong Wong is concerned that diners still don’t realize he he hasn’t closed for remodeling yet.

The restaurant will close May 25 and reopen June 15.

Where to have lunch today? Kwan Court

Kwan Court is remodeling, as Have You Heard? reported Friday, but it starts May 25 instead of ending then as reported.

So, to be clear, the restaurant won’t close until May 25. It will then reopen June 15.

Owner Kong Wong says he’s planning free appetizers and some other yet-to-be-determined treats for diners when they return.

Can’t blame him if he decides to not let a certain blogger have any.