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“The Wichita area is oversaturated … especially west Wichita.”

– West-side Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt franchisee Ilsik Hong, who says he closed his store because too many yogurt shops compete in Wichita

Wasabi Restaurant to open on the west side

WICHITA — Wasabi owner Steve Young is preparing to open his third Wichita restaurant, this time on the west side.

Young is taking two spaces in the center at 2404 N. Maize Road near 21st and Maize Road for a total of 3,085 square feet.

That’s near Logan’s Roadhouse where Frozen in Time, a scrapbooking store, once was along with Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, which recently closed.

Bree Kelley of J.P. Weigand & Sons and Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Young opened Old Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi on East Douglas in 2010 followed by Wasabi Restaurant at 3242 N. Rock Road last fall.

The new west-side restaurant, which also will be called Wasabi Restaurant, will be similar to the east-side one.

“Basically, he wants to do a little more upscale than downtown,” Kelley says of Young. “He’s going to have a nice bar in there.”

Young hopes to open in early December in time for the holiday season.

Kelley says Wasabi should be well received.

“I would think that the west-siders will be excited to have them in their neighborhood as an option to go to.”


Two more Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt stores coming to Wichita

WICHITA — At first we were kind of joking about the weekly yogurt report, but it looks like that’s the reality.

Yes, there are another couple of yogurt franchises coming to town.

Hong’s Landscape & Nursery owner Ilsik Hong and his brother, Jaesik, are opening a Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt at 2404 N. Maize Road.

That’s across from NewMarket Square in the same building where AT&T and Frozen In Time, A Scrapbook Boutique are.

“I happen to know the people who (are) distributing this yogurt franchise,” Ilsik Hong says.

His brother, who also works at the nursery, will own the yogurt business, but they’ll both operate it.

“He wants to have a side business, so I’m working with him,” Ilsik Hong says.

The nursery is on 31st Street South between Rock and Webb, which Hong says he realizes is a long way from the Peachwave that will be “way out west.”

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Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt to open June 1 at the Waterfront

UPDATED — Doc Green’s franchisees Tammi and Scott Kuthan considered opening another restaurant, this time in Lawrence, but decided on a new franchise instead.

On June 1, they’re opening their first Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt next to their Doc Green’s at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb.

“I love it personally because it’s just a healthy alternative to dessert,” Tammi Kuthan says.

“We just think it’s the wave of the future.”

Like the other yogurt shops that continue to open across the Wichita area, Peachwave will have a range of yogurt and toppings customers can select to build their own dessert.

There are 45 yogurt flavors, 16 of which will be served daily, 10 fruit toppings and about 25 nut and candy toppings.

“It is so good,” Tammi Kuthan says.

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