El Tenampa opens in Burger Barn space

El Tenampa opened Monday at 3302 W. Central.

A new Mexican restaurant opened Monday in the old Burger Barn space at 3302 W. Central, and it looks quite authentic.

It’s called El Tenampa, and it’s owned by Guillermo Botello.

He’s owned restaurants in Mexico and is opening his first restaurant in the United States in Wichita.

He specializes in tacos, gorditas and tacos filled with authentic Mexican meats, from asada to chicharron (pork skin) to lengua (beef tongue.) It also serves menudo.

The restaurant has a self-serve salsa bar, and Botello is working on a drive-through.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 316-425-0066.

Restaurant comings and goings and etc.

Leave town for a week and the whole restaurant scene goes nuts. Carrie was very busy last week reporting all sorts of restaurant shenanigans. Here’s a quick roundup for you:

Uptown Bistro is closing on Saturday. This makes me sad because it was once made a killer steak frites, and the space is so pretty. Maybe something else fabulous will fill that space someday.

Burger Barn is for sale, as is evidenced by the sign posted in front of the restaurant. Owners have some family health problems to attend to.

Linkhaus is making some changes, the most notable of which is that it plans to move to a more affordable strip center location. In the meantime, it’s lowering prices starting on Saturday.

A new Little Caesars is coming to 35th and Woodlawn.

Everybody’s Family Restaurant, owned by Fat Ernie and Co., has just opened in the former Brownstone Grill space at 3105 E. Harry.

Whew. Now I’m hungry.

Question of the week

Five Guys. Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill. Fizz Burgers & Bottles. Smashburger. Burger Barn. T.J.’s east.

Hamburger places have been springing all over Wichita the past couple of years, and now we’ve learned that Mooyah, a Texas-based burger chain, plans to open a restaurant here by spring.

In your opinion, which of the newer burger places in Wichita is the best? Answer in the comments section below.

The return of Lil’ Mexico

FOOD ENCHILADAS 2 DEI got an e-mail last week from a distraught fan of Lil’ Mexico at 1601 E. Pawnee who said that the restaurant appeared closed and the phone number no longer worked.

Today, I talked to Cheryl Powell, who just took over the restaurant from the previous owners. It closed right around Thanksgiving, but Powell, who also owns the Burger Barn on West Central, reopened it a week ago with the same menu.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-267-0594.