Dining With Denise Neil

Just opened: La Reyna 2

As of Saturday, all of the ice cream goodness of Paleteria La Reyna — the ice cream and Mexican food place at 2925 N. Arkansas — is more accessible to west siders.

Gabriela Velasquez, the daughter of Paleteria La Reyna’s owners, opened Hamburgesas y Helados: La Reyna 2, on Saturday. The restaurant is in the old Sonic building recently vacated by Sloppy Joe’s at  803 N. West St., which closed in January after six months in business.

It’ll be different from the original in that it will specialize in hamburgers and hot dogs, available topped with pico de gallo for a Mexican twist. It’ll also serve Palateria La Reyna’s wonderful Mexican ice cream bars and homemade ice cream, of which I am a big fan.

There’s room for about 30 to sit inside.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Wednesdays, when the restaurant is closed.