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Wichita Mexican restaurant closes shortly after first anniversary

After a year in business, Casa Del Charro’s owners have closed the restaurant at 21st and Arkansas and say they now plan to focus on their Old Town business, which is growing.

Casa Del Charro, which opened last October in the former Taqueria El Paisa space at 2227 N. Arkansas, closed for good on Monday. It just wasn’t busy enough, said Beverly Salas, who ran the restaurant that her family owned. But the same can’t be said for Egg Cetera, the restaurant at 242 N. Mosley that the family has had since 2011.

“Old Town is growing like crazy,” Salas said

The family now has big plans for Egg Cetera.

In September, they started opening the restaurant from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday an Saturday nights to serve tacos to late-night Old Town crowds. That has gone well, and now they plans to get a liquor license for the restaurant and then add late-night hours on Thursdays.

They’re also planning to add several of Casa Del Charro’s more popular dishes to the Egg Cetera menu. Besides the late-night hours, that restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. They’re thinking of adding more daytime hours, too.

Casa Del Charro fans were disappointed by the closing, Salas said, but the family decided it was time to move on.

“My heart is definitely in Old Town,” Salas said. “And as a young entrepreneur, I always just want to move and do different things. We just want to make Wichita a better place.”

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