1. Past: David and Darrel Rolph opened the very first Carlos O'Kelly's in Marion, Iowa, in 1981. Today, there are 41 Carlos O'Kelly's in nine states, including four in Wichita.
2. Present: The Carlos O'Kelly's headquarters is in Wichita, and David Rolph's son Jon now serves as president of the company.
3. Birthday treats: To celebrate the big birthday, Carlos O'Kelly's has brought back some classic menu items from the past, including a chile verde pork burrito, a chile verde combo platter, a Colorado-style chile relleno and a chicken fiesta salad. They're available through Aug. 6, and even more menu specials will be offered later this year as the actual birthday, which is in December, draws closer.
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