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

05/29/2014 10:23 AM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

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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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

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