Oliver’s Little Italy to open in popular restaurant spot on South Oliver

UPDATED — Another new restaurant is coming to 1930 S. Oliver.

The appropriately named Oliver’s Little Italy will open in the next week or so for an Italian lunch buffet.

“It’s in a good spot for a lunch buffet,” says Scott Cosentino, who is opening the business with Dyan Gordon.

The 7,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of restaurants in recent years, including Ben Villar’s Mexican Restaurant, Crossroads Bistro and Steakhouse, Spears and Angelo’s.

Cosentino used to run Crossroads, in fact.

He says Oliver’s Little Italy eventually will be open for dinner in addition to the lunch buffet.

Mary’s Mexico Cafe changes names to avoid further legal problems

WICHITA — Mary’s Mexico Cafe at 1930 S. Oliver is now going to be known as Ben Villar’s Mexican Restaurant.

“We’re changing names for legal purposes,” says Kim Villar, Ben’s wife.

Brent Helm and William Villar Jr., Ben’s brother, briefly owned the Villar family’s former El Mexico Cafe at 2544 S. Seneca but then parted ways.

Helm sought and received a temporary restraining order that prevented William Villar Jr. from competing against El Mexico with any Mexican restaurant other than his Mexico Cafe Delano.

This came after William Villar Jr. made comments to Have You Heard? about how his mother, Mary Villar, planned to open Mary’s Mexico Cafe at the former Crossroads Bistro and Steakhouse on South Oliver.

At the time William Villar Jr. said he was not involved with that restaurant, but Helm said he was.

Regardless of whether he was or wasn’t, he’s not now. William Villar Jr. is running the Delano restaurant, and Kim and Ben Villar are running the South Oliver restaurant.

Kim Villar says they’ve added breakfast and daily specials and are “trying to kind of revive the business a little.”