Dining With Denise Neil

Connie’s Mexico Cafe will be closed for at least a month

Connie's Mexico Cafe is closed while construction crews repair the kitchen ceiling.
Connie's Mexico Cafe is closed while construction crews repair the kitchen ceiling. File photo

Connie’s Mexico Cafe, the 54-year-old restaurant that’s a Wichita Mexican food favorite, is closing for at least a month to repair a structural problem in the kitchen.

Owner Carmen Rosales and her daughters made the decision to close mid-afternoon on Thursday and won’t know for a while how long the construction will take, said Cici Garcia Renteria, one of Rosales’ daughters and the restaurant’s general manager.

The problem: A sagging beam in the kitchen above the stove’s hood. After consulting with a construction company, the family decided to redo the entire ceiling in the kitchen.

The restaurant has operated at 2227 N. Broadway since 1963.

“The building is 100 years old,” Garcia Renteria said. “That’s why we want to baby it and just redo the whole thing. We don’t want to put any of the employees in the back at risk.”

Customers are already flooding the restaurant with calls, wondering what’s happening, Garcia Renteria said. She promises to provide frequent updates on the progress. The construction crews have said they’ll work as fast as they can.

Her mother, meanwhile, is trying to look at the upside of the shut down.

“My mom is like, ‘It’s a good time for a vacation,’” she said. “She’s already talking about going hiking.”

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