Jalapeno’s should open on Friday

A few weeks ago, I told you that Pimiento, the Mexican restaurant that opened last summer in the former Quizno’s space at 738 N. Waco, had been sold to Hector Hernandez of McPherson.

Hernandez now has a new sign up at the restaurant, and he hopes to open it on Friday with its new name, Jalapeno’s.

He had a restaurant in Dodge City called Jalapeno’s from 2007 to 2010, and it was known for its giant hamburgers. Hernandez will offer the same menu here and also will serve tacos, burritos and other Mexican dishes.

The hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Once open, Jalapeno’s can be reached by calling 316-425-5189.

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.

Peruse the Pimiento menu

Pimiento's cozy dining room.

Pimiento is a tiny little Mexican place that just opened in the former Quiznos spot at738 N. Waco.

Owners Javier Chavez and Claudia Orozco (who interestingly own a few restaurants in their native Mexico, too) are serving a tiny menu to match.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Take a look at the menu, brought to you by a miraculous discovery I made this morning: OUR OFFICE COPY MACHINE WILL SCAN MENUS AND EMAIL THEM TO ME AS PDFs. Isn’t 2011 amazing?

Two more in the “coming soon” category

Pimiento may be open by Monday at 738 N. Waco.

By the end of the summer, Wichita is going to have a whole lotta new places to eat. Now, two more are closer to ready.

One is Pimiento, a Mexican place in the old Quiznos space at 738 N. Waco. I stopped in to chat yesterday with owners Javier Chavez and Claudia Orozco, who were waiting on a visit from the gas company but were otherwise ready to go. They hope to open Monday and will serve breakfast burritos, tacos, carnitas, mole, shrimp, guacamole and more from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Also, Corporate Caterers‘ Ben Arnold has provided an update on the restaurant he’s putting in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road. He’s chosen the name Cafe Comotara by Corporate Caterers, and he plans to open on July 25. He’ll serve lunch — burgers, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, soups and salads — seven days a week. The space will be used for smaller private functions in the evenings, and he plans to add Saturday and Sunday breakfast starting on Oct. 1.