Taco Bueno to sublease West Street space

WICHITA — When the Taco Bueno at 333 S. West St. caught fire in August due to a carelessly thrown cigarette, a fire official said it likely would be a long time before the restaurant would reopen.

Turns out it won’t happen at all.

“They decided not to reopen it,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

He’s now helping Taco Bueno sublease the 2,500-square-foot space, which is just south of the southwest corner of Maple and West.

“The most important thing is the city has already widened and improved West Street,” Saville says.

The building has a drive-through and has been entirely rebuilt, he says.

“You sure wouldn’t have known there was any damage to the property,” Saville says.

“It’s pretty good real estate.”

Qdoba Mexican Grill to open in Hutchinson in June; east Wichita Qdoba to follow

WICHITA — The first Qdoba Mexican Grill in this part of Kansas is going to open in Hutchinson.

In July, Have You Heard? reported that restaurateur Eric Estes is bringing the franchise to Wichita.

“We would like to do five,” says Estes, whose Estes Enterprises has almost two dozen A&W and Long John Silver’s franchises in Kansas.

Denver-based Qdoba is similar to Chipotle Mexican Grill in that customers order from a counter with a number of protein, vegetable and salsa selections for burritos and tacos. Qdoba, which was founded in 1995, has about 600 restaurants in 42 states.

Ink Construction will begin building the Hutchinson Qdoba at 1518 E. 17th Ave. in February. That’s where Taco Bueno used to be. That building will be demolished.

An east Wichita location “will soon follow,” Estes says.

He says it just happens the Hutchinson deal was finalized first. He’s selected an east Wichita site, but the deal isn’t done. He’s also considering a couple of sites in west Wichita and is planning a Hays Qdoba as well.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons is helping Estes with the deals.

Estes says the Hutchinson Qdoba will open June 1 and the others will quickly follow.

Mediterraneo is now open on the east side, and the combination Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon opens Monday out west

WICHITA — If you’re hungry for something new to eat, you’ll have a couple of new dining options from which to choose in the next several days.

Moe Hlayhel has opened his new Mediterraneo in the former Italian Garden space at Kellogg and Webb.

“Basically, we took some dishes from all the Mediterranean countries that border the Mediterranean sea,” Hlayhel says.

He says that includes dishes like paella from Spain, shish-k-bobs from Turkey and Lebanon’s famous humus with lamb.

On the west side, customers have already been stopping by the new Schlotzsky’s at Central and Tyler in hopes that it’s open.

But Ken Mechtley’s combination Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon restaurant, which is in the former Taco Bueno space, won’t open until Monday.

Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon coming to Central and Tyler

schWICHITA — As expected, Ken Mechtley is going to bring a Schlotzsky’s to Central and Tyler.

“I’ve been looking for a west-side location for quite some time,” Mechtley says.

He’s going to bring a combination Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon to the 2,300-square-foot space where Taco Bueno used to be on the northeast corner.

cinn1Focus Brands owns Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon.

“A lot of the new stores are doing a co-brand now,” Mechtley says.

He already has three Schlotzsky’s restaurants in Wichita, three in Topeka and one in Lawrence.

“I’ll probably be looking at another location sometime next year,” Mechtley says of the Wichita area.

The new restaurant will open in mid-September.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons brokered the deal.