As the calendar has turned from 2016 to 2017, the constant change in the restaurant market has not abated at all. Here are some of the numerous changes that have occurred in the past few weeks.
* Piedmont Bistro, which is now under new ownership, will reopen Monday. The restaurant had planned to be open by the end of this week, but management decided to take a couple of extra days to train staff.
* Dickey's Barbecue closed its 84th and Holdrege location last month. That's the second Dickey's to close recently, after the downtown location closed in October, about the same time Dickey's opened a new location at Gateway Mall.
* Egg Roll King at 70th and O streets also closed at the end of the year. The business has new owners who I'm told will be doing a different restaurant concept there.
* On the opening side, Goodcents has finally filed a building permit for its new location at 27th and Randolph, which will replace the downtown location at 14th and P that closed in September. It should be open by the summer. Contrary to rumors circulating, it is going on the southwest corner of 27th and Randolph, not on the vacant lot where Ideal Grocery burned down.
* Another sushi place is coming to downtown. According to a liquor license application, a restaurant called Grey Whale Sushi plans to open in the Grand Manse building at 129 N. 10th St. Don't know how soon it will be open.
* It looks like Oklahoma Joe's, a small barbecue chain that mostly has locations in Oklahoma, is eyeing a spot in the Haymarket. The owners of the Toolhouse building at Eighth and Q streets have applied for a sign permit for the business. Contacted on Twitter, Oklahoma Joe's said it is looking at expanding to Iowa and Nebraska, but nothing is "set in stone."