Carrie Rengers

Sweet Spot to open in May, but it won't be a teahouse as planned

George Yang still plans to open the Sweet Spot in the former Genghis Grill space on West Central, but it won't be a teahouse as he originally planned.
George Yang still plans to open the Sweet Spot in the former Genghis Grill space on West Central, but it won't be a teahouse as he originally planned. File photo

Fei George Yang is still planning the Sweet Spot for the former Genghis Grill space at 8448 W. Central, but the concept has changed.

Originally, Yang planned a teahouse and dessert bar.

"We're not doing (a) teahouse anymore because we're afraid the concept wouldn't quite work here," says Yang's friend Rich Angelo, who is helping him at the business. "You need a little bit bigger of an Asian community."

He says they're now planning "more of a fusion restaurant."

Angelo says the restaurant will have Latin and soul influences with dishes including steak, seafood, pork and chicken.

"We're putting the menu together now."

There also will be a full bar.

He anticipates the opening will be the second or third week of May.

"We're going to miss Mother's Day."

Angelo says with the change in concept, the interior design is changing as well. No exterior work has started yet, but he says that should only take about a week.

The restaurant will seat 160, which includes a free private party room that will seat about 40. There will be an outdoor patio with wind protection and, by the end of the summer, possibly a retractable roof.

Look for more information, including more about the restaurant's food, in May.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340.

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