Wichita about to become a Taco Town

Rosemarie and Larry Ross are opening Taco Town on Monday.

Taco Town — a new restaurant that’s going into the old Taco Tico building at 11333 E. Central — will open on Monday.

The restaurant is owned by Larry and Rosemarie Ross, who operated a Taco Town previously in Scottsbluff, Neb. They decided to move themselves and the business to Wichita to be closer to their daughter and her family.

Taco Town will be like Taco Tico in that it will serve fast Mexican food. Larry Ross said the restaurant is best know for its tacos, enchiladas and pork chili.

Starting Monday, Taco Town will be open fro 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-719-2241.

Opening Wednesday: Popeyes on North Rock Road

Wichita’s fifth Popeyes is scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the former Taco Tico spot at 3131 N. Rock Road.

The building has been remodeled, done and ready to go for a whiles now, and on Memorial Day, the manager was stationed in front of the building, intercepting would-be customers who assumed the restaurant was already open.

Popeyes, which specializes in spicy fried chicken, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Wichita’s other Popeyes are at 1211 N. Broadway, 1623 S. Seneca, 4232 W. Central and 1350 N. Hillside.

Dining dispatch from 29th & Rock

I drove out east today to check on Oh Yeah! China Bistro, the restaurant formerly known as Zen (and formerly known as vegetarian), and I was struck by how much restaurant activity is going on in the block of Rock between 29th and K-96.

Oh Yeah! opened at 3101 N. Rock Road with its new name and approach on May 15. The restaurant had operated as a vegetarian place for a couple of years, but the owners decided to put meat back on the menu and rename the place.

Across the street, a sign announces that El Agave will soon take over the space at 3320 N. Rock Road that most recently held Top China, a Chinese buffet place. El Agave will be a Mexican restaurant with a big tequila and margarita menu, and its owners hope to have it open later this summer.

A little further south, another sign announces that Wasabi, the sushi restaurant downtown at 912 E. Douglas, will open its east side location in the former Froz spot at 3242 N. Rock Road. Owners say it should be open in August.

And of course, right on the corner of 29th and Rock, Ben Arnold is busy working on his new breakfast-and-lunch spot in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road. He plans to open in July.

The new Noodles & Company is on that block, too, at 3300 N. Rock Road, and it’s always busy. And Amber Dunn just opened her Yogurt Xplosion yogurt shop at 3236 N. Rock Road.

That doesn’t even count the recently closed restaurants on the block, including the Bossa Grill at 3242 N. Rock Road and the Taco Tico at 3131 N. Rock Road. Wazabz Sushi Bar and Grill, which just opened in February at 3236 N. Rock Road, also is already closed.

The only restaurants on that block not hopping on merry-go-round, it appears, are Carlos O’ Kelly’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings,  Il Ponte, Jimmy John’s, and Jimmie’s Diner.

And Hooters.