WICHITA — The owner of El Mexico Cafe on Seneca is in a dispute with former partner William Villar Jr.
Brent Helm sought and received a temporary restraining order from Sedgwick County District Court that prevents Villar from competing against El Mexico with any Mexican restaurant other than his Mexico Cafe Delano.
Neither side is talking, but here's the situation:
Villar's parents, William and Mary, operated numerous versions of their popular Mexican restaurant around Wichita over the last 40 years.
They closed El Mexico on Seneca in spring 2008.
Helm, his wife Rhonda, and William Villar Jr. became partners and reopened the restaurant that summer.
Then Villar quit the partnership and signed a termination agreement in September. The petition says that the agreement states Villar won't have anything to do with another Mexican restaurant other than his one in Delano.