“We’ve been talking about this for years,” Issa says. “We’re fortunate to come on board.”
Earlier this month, Paul Khoury of Kansas City’s PB&J Restaurants, which owns the Ya Ya’s chain, told Have You Heard? the restaurant wasn’t selling. It looks like negotiations have been on and off.
Issa says they’re still working out some operational details.
“We’re going to be sharing a lot of ideas for improvement, that’s all,” he says.
“I have some ideas, they have some ideas. So you know, that’s all what it is.”
Khoury’s son, Patrick, will be helping run Ya Ya’s. Issa won’t have a huge presence there.
“Here’s been my concern,” Issa says. “I don’t want to confuse people.”
Issa says he’ll still be a daily presence at Larkspur in Old Town.
“Nothing’s going to change. It’s just a great merger with them.”