WICHITA — It took longer than expected, as most restaurant deals do, but Guillermo Perez-Munoz has finalized plans to open his second Ciao Italian Kitchen on the west side in the former Tommy's Restaurant and Lounge space at 2121 N. Tyler.
"We are looking at opening November 12," says COO Matt Tompkins.
In June, Have You Heard? reported that Perez-Munoz was working on the west-side deal less than a year after opening his first Ciao at the Waterfront on the east side where Piztros, Sabor and Press once were.
Tompkins says the former Tommy's space makes sense for a number of reasons.
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First, there's the amount of traffic in the area, though Tompkins says it's not as busy as the 21st and Maize Road area, which he says is a good thing.
"We're not in the congestion of all the other restaurants."
Also, Tompkins says there's not another mom-and-pop Italian restaurant nearby.
"We think we have a really good opportunity to be successful there," he says.