Dining With Denise Neil

Owner of soon-to-open west side Wichita restaurant used to run a place in Garden City

We now know more about the new Mexican restaurant that’s moving into the space recently vacated by Marco’s Cantina.

Pueblo Viejo should open after the Fourth of July holiday at 6600 W. Central, taking over the space that Sam Eddine’s Marco’s Cantina vacated after 34 years in business.

The owner is David Perez, and although this is his first restaurant in Wichita, it’s not his first restaurant in Kansas. He has 25 years of experience running restaurants, he said, and he previously owned Las Margaritas in Garden City, opening it in 2001 and running it for 11 years.

After that, he moved to Longmont, Colorado, where he operated another Mexican restaurant. But Perez recently felt pulled back to Kansas.

“I like Kansas,” he said. “Colorado is way too expensive.”

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Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.