Abuelo's inching closer to west-side deal
01/29/2014 2:51 PM
01/29/2014 3:21 PM
WICHITA — Abuelo's, the Mexican restaurant chain that opened at the Waterfront in April 2004, is working on a deal for west-side space.
"It's been a good market for us," Abuelo's director of marketing Melanie Carroll says of Wichita.
She says the Lubbock-based company is always looking for growth opportunities and believes Wichita could sustain two Abuelo's restaurants, but she won't share details beyond that.
Landmark Commercial Real Estate president and CEO Brad Saville, who represents Abuelo's in Wichita, says the chain is eyeing three west-side sites and hasn't yet determined where it will go.
Other sources, though, says Abuelo's is getting closer to a deal at a site near the Kellogg and Ridge Road corridor not far from where the new Twin Peaks is going to open.
Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that Twin Peaks, which already has an east-side site, is going to open at 7325 W. Taft. It will be in a building across Ridge Road from Carlos O'Kelly's and Panera Bread, which is south of Maple and Ridge.
The area is becoming a hot spot for restaurants such as Applebee's, McAlister's Deli, Chipotle Mexican Grill, IHOP and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers among others.
Look for more news on Abuelo's in the months ahead.
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