Two Mexican restaurants changing identities
La Fiesta is now Mexico Viejo: Customers who drive past the restaurant at 6920 W. 21st St. will notice a new sign with a new name. A manager said the restaurant has new owners, though he declined to say who. He said the menu is slightly different, but not much else, such as the hours or the interior, has changed. La Fiesta took over the space in November 2011. It had been La Mesa before that.
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Abelardo’s is now Los Jaliscienses: The owners of Abelardo’s, a fast-Mexican restaurant that opened at the corner of Maple and West in 2010, packed up and headed back to Omaha, where the regional chain is based. But they sold the business to a local man named Jose Carlos, who has changed the name of the restaurant to Los Jaliscienses. He took over on Dec. 1, and for now, he’s keeping the exact same menu and hours. He has plans to eventually add items such as shrimp cocktail, menudo and more Mexican desserts. The hours are 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call 316-351-7827.
Bali Cafe is closed
Bali Cafe at 2716 E. Central closed earlier this week. Angga Heinrich, a former accountant, and her mother, Farietni Abbas, opened the restaurant in May, specializing in cuisine from Indonesia. They decided to close the restaurant after Heinrich’s father had a mild heart attack, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Heinrich and her mother still plan to do catering work. For information, send a message through the Bali Cafe Facebook page.
Chili cookoff at Alefs Harley-Davidson
Alefs Harley-Davidson at 5427 Chuzy Drive is putting on its annual Valentine Chili Cookoff a little early. It’s from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the business has invited 12 bike clubs to cook up batches of their best chili. Members of the public can taste the chili for free and will be asked to vote on the best one. The business also will be revealing a custom bike that it put together based on votes from customers, who decided what parts they’d like to see on a dream bike. For more information, call 316-440-5700.