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Kansas City Sabor is on hold; chef Jason-Paul Febres to return to east-side Sabor

WICHITA — A Kansas City Sabor isn’t going to happen anytime soon, but Melad Stephan still hopes to one day have a restaurant there.

In February, Stephan told Have You Heard? he was considering space near where the new CA’s Men’s Fine Grooming is opening in Leawood (not far from the Sprint Nextel Corp. campus).

“We thought we were set for that,” Stephan says.

But someone else leased it first.

“They moved a lot quicker on it than I did,” Stephan says.

He’s still looking at other spaces there, but Stephan isn’t in a rush because of the economy.

“Right now I just want to hold a little bit till things maybe change around a little bit,” he says.

Back in Wichita, chef Jason-Paul Febres is returning to the east-side Sabor at the Waterfront.

In February, Febres and Stephan parted ways, with Febres proclaiming he would start a new restaurant and Stephan saying Febres needed to grow up.

“This time around is under different circumstances,” Stephan says. “He promised me he grew up.”

And Stephan says he could really use Febres.

“He’s a perfect fit for that restaurant with his personality and his talent.”