Two closings, one reopening

Pimiento, the Mexican restaurant that opened last summer in the former Quizno’s space at 738 N. Waco, has been closed for a couple of weeks, a sign on the door citing a family emergency.

Former owner Claudia Orozco has been having health problems, the restaurant’s landlord said. She and her husband Javier have sold the restaurant to Hector Hernandez, a McPherson resident who once owned a restaurant in Dodge City. He will sign the lease this week and plans to reopen Pimiento soon. He’s planning to keep the name and the current menu but may add burgers.

I’ll update you when I get more information.

Readers also alerted me to another restaurant closing. The doors are locked, the equipment is gone and the phone number is disconnected at D’s Dairy Freeze, a hamburger spot that opened a couple of years ago in a former Pig-In Pig-Out space at 1935 S. Hydraulic.

I heard nothing but good things about the burgers at the tiny restaurant. I’ve sent a message to owners asking if they plan to reopen. I’ll let you know what I hear on that one, too.

Two good ideas for lunch

Martha and Alberto Valdez, owners of La Tradicion Tortilleria

When a reader takes the time to e-mail me about a little-known restaurant, I go ahead and assume that it’s probably pretty good.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve received two such delicious e-mails. One was from Cindy Sundell-Guy, who urged me to try La Tradicion Tortilleria at 1701 N. Broadway. She raved about the $5.99 lunch buffet, the green chile with pork and the poblano and onion with cheese. Occasionally, La Tradicion serves mole, tamales and soups such as hominy stew.

“The first time I went in, the owner dipped me up a spoonful of everything on the buffet so I could taste it all,” she wrote. “I felt like I had gone to a Mexican covered dish dinner. What a treat.  He is really accommodating.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

**UPDATE** I went to La Tradicion for lunch today and enjoyed the buffet, which is different from a usual buffet in that the owners serve it up for you. Turns out it’s in the former Maharaja building.

Some things were better than others. And I smell like friedness now. But it was a fun experience. **END UPDATE**

I must admit I’ve never heard of the other restaurant that received reader praise: D’s Dairy Freeze. It opened last July in a former Pig-In Pig-Out space at 1935 S. Hydraulic.

The small restaurant, which has seating but does mostly drive-through service, sells ice cream, malts, shakes, burgers, salads, onion rings, pies and more. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, but starting at the end of March, it’s open until 10 p.m. nightly.

Reader Lou Ann Ward works nearby and says people need to know how good it is. She wants it to stay in business but at the same time is afraid she’ll have to start standing in line when people realize what a value it is.

Lunch is in an hour. Go!