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Restaurant still in the works for former Red Mesa Grill space

WICHITA — Syed Jillani still has plans to open a restaurant in the former Red Mesa Grill space at 756 N. Tyler, but the financial picture has changed — for him and perhaps his customers.

Jillani hoped to open Grilled Cheez in the space, which is where he's operating his Wichita Private Chef’s Catering.

He's now rethinking the restaurant's concept and planning something that might be more economically appealing to diners in a tough economy.

Also, Jillani is about $14,000 behind on taxes — he's not sure of the amount — and has requested a payment plan from the state.

Still, he hopes to open the restaurant by the end of the year.

"I just pray for that," Jillani says.

He may not use the Grilled Cheez name depending on the concept.

Nor is he certain if the food will be American or European.

Whatever it is, he says, it will be "something unique."