Ruben’s Mexican Grill to move within Delano this spring

WICHITA — Ruben’s Mexican Grill is moving, but not far.

“Pretty much I can’t afford to stay here,” Ruben Acosta says of his current location near the northwest corner of Douglas and McLean.

He says his rent is substantially increasing, so he’s moving to 915 W. Douglas, which is still in Delano.

Acosta will take the first floor of the building, which is 2,600 square feet. That’s a bit bigger than his current space, where his lease is up at the end of April.

Ruben’s moved to Delano in 2003. Previously, it was in Old Town and was known as Ruben & Anita’s Tacos.

Acosta says his wife, Anita, is returning to the restaurant following an illness. He says they decided not to revert to the former name because the restaurant offers more than tacos.

The Acostas also considered returning to Old Town.

“I like Old Town,” Ruben Acosta says.

He says parking can be a problem, though. In the end, he says Delano was the natural choice.

“Delano has been great to me,” Acosta says. “Delano has been growing so fast so much.”

The Acostas will make a number of changes at the new space, including adding a full bar, a patio, big-screen TVs and a new menu. There will be expanded hours as well. Ruben Acosta says he and his wife hope to make the restaurant more of a destination. He says they plan to open in early May shortly after the current restaurant closes.

“I hope I can get it ready by then.”

Ruben’s Mexican Grill is moving by spring, most likely within Delano

WICHITA — Ruben’s Mexican Grill is moving – again – but probably not far.

Almost a decade ago, Ruben & Anita’s Tacos left the Farm & Art Market in Old Town for a new home in Delano. Ruben Acosta changed the restaurant’s name and opened near the northwest corner of Douglas and McLean.

Now, he’s negotiating to take space at the northwest corner of Douglas and Osage, which is just down Douglas in Delano.

“We’re still kind of like maybe a month out from really knowing,” says Omar Acosta, Ruben Acosta’s son.

Omar Acosta says “we’re kind of getting kicked out” due to the restaurant’s rent getting tripled. Ruben’s subleases space from Valero. Phil Ruffin owns the property.

“It’ll be a good change,” Acosta says. “I don’t think anybody really minds having to move. It’s just the process of having to do it.”

The restaurant’s lease is up in April.

Chris Ruffin, who handles real estate for his father’s properties, says the Douglas and McLean property is “up for redevelopment.”

“We’re looking into it,” he says.

Anything new is at least a year away. Ruffin says he’s considering options for what to do there.

“I haven’t made any plans.”