El Maya replaces former Dyne Quik

WICHITA — There’s good news and bad news on North Broadway, depending on your perspective.

If you like Mexican food, you’re in luck. Alfredo Cruz Nino is opening El Maya in the former Dyne Quik space at 1202 N. Broadway.

Richard Jack closed the restaurant in its last incarnation – Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik — in January.

Nino plans to serve traditional Mexican fare plus other dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Sundays will have an abbreviated schedule.

So what’s the bad news?

History buffs may not appreciate that the letters on the old Dyne Quik sign not only are down but also destroyed.

“Yeah, they all broke when we took them off,” says Esteban Tavaros, who will work at the restaurant.

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants – metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

It’s not clear how old the letters on the sign were, but Tavaros says there wasn’t much hope of saving them.

“They were really, really, really old.”

Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik closes after less than a year in business

WICHITA — Lil Joe’s Dyne Quik owner Richard Jack has given up.

Tuesday was the last day of business for the restaurant at 1202 N. Broadway.

Jack and his family did extensive work on the building before opening it nine months ago.

Dyne Quik is one of the city’s few remaining Valentine restaurants — metal, mobile diners that Wichita’s Valentine Manufacturing built between 1938 and 1971.

Jack says the location wasn’t right, though.

“I got tired of the prostitutes and the homeless people and the vagrants bugging customers,” he says.

Then, when the police would come to deal with those individuals, Jack says, they blocked his driveway.

There were other issues as well, he says.

“People are too used to going to McDonald’s and Burger King. They can drive through. Here, they have to pull up and actually walk in the building.”

Jack says he had a number of loyal customers — whom he says he especially appreciates – but not enough of them.

Moving the restaurant to another location is a possibility.

“Anywhere but here,” Jack says. “I loved cooking.”

Remaining open where he was is not an option.

“Sooner or later you get tired of hitting your head against the wall.”