WICHITA — Kansas City-based PB&J Restaurants, the company that brought YaYa's EuroBistro and Newport Grill to Wichita, is looking to possibly bring a new concept as well.
"It's our new barbecue concept," says PB&J's Paul Khoury.
Burnt End BBQ opened three weeks ago near 119th and Metcalf in Overland Park.
"It's fast casual," Khoury says. "It's doing well."
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If it remains successful, he says that "just like we always do, next stop is Wichita."
"Wichita's a great restaurant town. People like to eat out in Wichita."
Khoury says there are good income levels here to support restaurants.
"Look at how many restaurants that have come out of Wichita, too," he says of chains such as Pizza Hut and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.
PB&J, which no longer owns the YaYa's here, debuted its Newport Grill seafood concept here.
It's now opening another Newport Grill on May 1 at the new Prairiefire development on West 135th Street between Nall and Lamar avenues. The restaurant will be one space down from where Wichita's Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates is opening its new store.
Newport Grill has "just been very successful in Wichita," Khoury says.