District Taqueria, an 'urban taco bar,' to open near Douglas and Washington
05/07/2014 5:00 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Builder's Inc. broker Adam Clements was reading Have You Heard? in January when he saw the news that Jon's Ale House near Douglas and Washington was closing.
"I got a lightbulb as soon as I read that," he says.
His clients Michael Farha and Marc Humsi have "been looking for a good Douglas location for a long time."
The two now plan to open District Taqueria in the 3,000-square-foot space, which some people remember best as Kelly's Irish Pub.
Clements describes District Taqueria as "an urban taco bar."
"The focus is going to be on the taco," Farha says. "In Mexico, that's the true food of choice, and we're just kind of taking it to the next level."
Farha works for his family's Farha's Carpet & Building Supply. He used to have the Food Group to do catering.
"I wanted to open a restaurant, so I just kind of let that fizzle out," Farha says.
Humsi is from Syracuse.
"His mother is a Farha," Farha says. "Technically, he's a very distant cousin."
The two met when Humsi moved here and some other cousins introduced them.
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