Dining With Denise Neil

Street tacos on Douglas Street: Another new downtown restaurant coming

He’s already a big hit in downtown Wichita with his Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice 21+, an alcoholic shaved ice business that’s set up in one of the kiosks in Union Station plaza, 701 E. Douglas.

Now, J.D. Young is taking over a second kiosk at the plaza, where he hopes to have a new street taco business open by Aug. 23.

He’s named it Douglas Street Tacos, and it’ll specialize in street-style tacos made with carne asada, pork, chicken or veggies plus chips and salsa and queso.

“I think that’s what Old Town needs,” he said. “It’s perfect for the area. I’ve always thought it needed it.”

Young, whose shaved ice business opened in February and now is always packed on weekends, said he thinks his taco timing is perfect. A Virginia-based business outsourcing firm called Faneuil has plans to employ at least 400 people inside Union Station by next year.

Young said that street tacos are one of his specialties. He travels to his favorite vacation spot, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, several times a year and has befriended several restaurant owners who have shared their secrets.

Douglas Street Tacos will be open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights to attract Old Town after-bar crowds. The restaurants hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

“I want to try to get that bar crowd in before they get in their Uber and go to another Mexican place,” he said.

Now that Young has agreed to fill the last vacant kiosk at Union Station Plaza, all four have tenants. Besides Funky Monkeys Shaved Ice 21+, the popular 8 Below Rolled Ice Cream is filling one kiosk, and Nooodles to Go should be open later this month in the other.

Follow along with Douglas Street Tacos progress on its Facebook page.

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