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Restaurant owner who survived shooting thanks Wichita with two days of half-price food

Ruben Acosta, left, and his wife, Anita, want to thank Wichita for their support with two days of half-price food.
Ruben Acosta, left, and his wife, Anita, want to thank Wichita for their support with two days of half-price food.

It’s been a year and four months since Wichita restaurant owner Ruben Acosta was shot and critically injured during an armed robbery in his restaurant.

It’s been almost six months since the man who shot him, Reginald Kane, was found guilty, and four months since Kane was sentenced to more than 62 years in prison.

Now that things have finally started to slow down, said Anita Acosta, Ruben’s wife, the couple is feeling grateful to all the people who stood buy them during the ordeal. They’re especially grateful to their customers.

“Ruben needs to do something for everybody that stood for him,” Anita said.

Here’s what he’s come up with: On Thursday and Friday of next week — Oct. 18-19 — Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas will be offering 50 percent off all of its dinners.

“It will be on everything, from our enchilada dinners to our shrimp fajita dinners,” Anita said.

Ruben, who was shot three times during the robbery, has had a tough time ever since. About a month ago, he underwent his 15th surgery since the shooting, this one to remove screws from his hip, Anita said.

“It’s going to be a long process before he ever gets better,” she said.

Anita said Ruben’s been thinking a lot lately about all the people who helped him. “We’ve gone and taken flowers and fruit to some of the people that helped us a lot,” she said. “But Ruben and I were talking and decided that we needed to do more than that.”

The robbery happened on June 9, 2017. Ruben was counting money at a table after closing, and one of his employees took the trash out through the back door, where Kane was waiting with a gun. He forced the employee back inside and pointed his gun at Acosta, demanding cash. Ruben drew a revolver and fired

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