Carrie Rengers

May 29, 2014

Chef George Youssef to buy Food For Thought building for future business

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WICHITA — The former Food For Thought space at 2929 E. Central is likely to soon have some food in it once again.

Caterer and former restaurateur George Youssef is planning to purchase the building with a partner.

"I love the building," Youssef says of the 15,000-square-foot space. "It's a huge building."

Though he says he knew he wanted the space, Youssef still isn't entirely sure what for.

"There's no plan right now," he says. "I'm waiting for the right idea."

That's likely to involve catering and possibly a party rental business.

"We're still in the process of studying it."

Food For Thought, which billed itself as Wichita's only full-service independent natural foods market left in the area, closed late last year. It had been in the building for the last two decades of its more than four decades in business.

Youssef, who used to own Uptown Bistro and Nouvelle Cafe, says he'll let us know what he's going to do with the building.

"It has character," he says of the space. "So I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing."

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