WICHITA — Jeremy Wade is kicking off his Jeremy Wade Catering with a party tonight where he and business partner Ben Arnold of Corporate Catering of Wichita will discuss their catering businesses and the restaurant they plan for the remodeled Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel restaurant.
The restaurant will have 286 seats over two floors. The upper floor will have a bar overlooking the restaurant, which is scheduled to open in spring 2011.
Wade says he'll offer "new American food," which he describes as iconic American food made really, really well.
"It's not going to be anything pretentious or frou frou," Wade says.
He's opting for an American menu rather than a Mediterranean or European menu because he feels those have been "played out" in Wichita.
"There's not really a good American restaurant around except for Chester's," Wade says.
He plans to specialize with as much local produce and protein as he can.
Arnold says the “Drury people have just been fabulous through this whole thing,” but the restaurant will be independent of the hotel.
The restaurant will be situated on the northeast corner of the hotel on the Waco side, and Arnold says it won’t feel like a hotel restaurant.
“The restaurant is going to be a Wichitan restaurant first,” he says. “That’s where Jeremy comes in because of how well he is known.”
Wade hasn't settled on a name yet.
Arnold would like to capitalize on Wade's own well-known name by doing something like Jeremy Wade's American Bistro.
"No, no, no," Wade says. "I'm not that guy."
He's open to suggestions, though.
"Maybe we should have a contest."