La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant to open in former La Mesa Mexican Restaurant space on the west side

WICHITA — It’s party time on the west side.

Brothers Jose and Juan Ayala and Jose’s wife, Griselda Hernandez, are opening La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant at 6960 W. 21st St. where La Mesa Mexican Restaurant closed in 2009.

“We are so excited to come to Wichita and put a new business here and meet the people,” Hernandez says.

The family also has La Fiesta locations in Bartlesville and Dewey, Okla., Arkansas City and Wellington.

They plan to open their first Wichita site Nov. 5 and already are looking all over Wichita — the north, east and south sides — and in Derby for more sites.

Jose Ayala says fajitas are his specialty. He’ll also offer rib eyes with traditional Mexican fare and a full bar.

“It’s a huge menu,” Hernandez says.

There’s more than 6,000 square feet in the former La Mesa space.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial and Juan-Carlos Salmeron of Realty World Alliance handled the deal.

Salmeron is impressed with Jose Ayala.

“He’s going to make it — no doubt,” Salmeron says. “I have confidence with them.

“They are going to conquer Wichita.”