Wasabi Sushi Bar West almost set to open

WICHITA — Wasabi founders Steve and Jasmine Young are, at long last, on the verge of opening their Wasabi Sushi Bar West.

“It should be here within the next week, maybe two weeks at most,” says manager Matt Polk.

The business is opening at 2404 N. Maize Road near Logan’s Roadhouse.

It was 2012 when the Youngs first told Have You Heard? they were opening on the west side, which followed their Old Town Wasabi in 2010 and one on North Rock Road after that.

Polk says several things have been holding up the west-side opening.

“There was just a lot of just minor delays,” he says.

A more major delay was that the Youngs sold their other two Wasabi restaurants in November.

“Obviously, them working out … the decision to sell North Rock and downtown was kind of a big factor,” Polk says.

He says the Youngs are interested in opening more Wasabis, including at least one more in Wichita, and they have children. He says “running so much stuff was too much stress.”

Polk says the idea is for the Youngs to “focus on giving their 110 percent on these new locations.”

He says they want to make the west-side Wasabi “the nicest and most upgraded, in their eyes.”

Look for a finalized opening date soon.

Bliss-fullness Custom Cakes & Pastries to leave the west side for Old Town

WICHITA — There’s blissful news for denizens of Old Town.

Angie and Johnny Vasquez are moving their Bliss-fullness Custom Cakes & Pastries from Tyler Plaza near Central and Tyler, where it opened last summer, to Old Town.

The shop will locate between Larkspur and Wasabi.

“We were eating lunch at Wasabi one day, and my husband was like, ‘Let’s go take a walk,’” Angie Vasquez says.

They saw that a space next door along with a loft above it were available.

“Basically, that was the selling point for us,” Angie Vasquez says. “We can have a business and a family all at one place.”

The couple has two toddlers and a 19-year-old, Johnny Jalali.

“My 19-year-old is kind of like a baking prodigy,” Angie Vasquez says.

Bliss-fullness has cupcakes, cakes and pastries, such as croissants, which are made fresh daily.

“We are definitely going to go up on the pastries,” Angie Vasquez says.

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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.”