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Chester’s Chophouse sous chef opening a gourmet taco truck

Abel Rodriguez just left his job as sous chef at Chester’s Chophouse to start Uno Mas, a gourmet taco truck.
Abel Rodriguez just left his job as sous chef at Chester’s Chophouse to start Uno Mas, a gourmet taco truck. Courtesy

Abel Rodriguez has spent the last decade perfecting his cooking skills at one of Wichita’s most upscale restaurants. He’s been Bobby Lane’s sous chef at Chester’s Chophouse since 2006.

But Rodriguez recently put in his last day at Chester’s. He’s ready to venture out on his own, he said, and is starting with a fancy new food truck.

Rodriguez plans to open Uno Mas, a gourmet taco truck, by the end of the month. He’s aiming for May 24. (Uno mas is Spanish for “one more.”)

“Bobby gave me the opportunity to work under him, and a lot of the things I know, I learned from him,” Rodriguez said. “It was a great time. It was just time to branch out and explore other opportunities.”

The truck will specialize in tacos made with fish, barbacoa and al pastor. Rodriguez plans to serve the pork from a vertical spit on the truck.

His rig is a 24-footer that’s being wrapped with his logo now. It has an 18-foot kitchen aboard.

Uno Mas will serve at food truck rallies, at the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park and at other events around town. It will also park at local businesses. Diners can keep up with the truck’s route via social media (he plans to launch his Facebook page on Friday), on his website, www.onemoreporfavor.com/, and via an app that should be available in coming days. It’ll be called Uno Mas.

He’ll also do deliveries for 20 or more people.

Rodriguez learned to cook when he was young from his father. His first restaurant job was at Rolling Hills Country Club. He was cooking for the Olive Tree when he found out about the Chester’s opening.

Stay tuned for an update on where Uno Mas will make its debut.

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