Dining With Denise Neil

A new Mexican restaurant will open soon in west Wichita

Los Compadres Mexican Grill should open later this month at 3302 W. Central.
Los Compadres Mexican Grill should open later this month at 3302 W. Central. The Wichita Eagle

Another Mexican restaurant is taking over the space at 3302 W. Central formerly occupied by Jr’s Tex-Mex Grill and El Tenampa before that.

Los Compadres Mexican Grill will open in the next couple of weeks. Its owners say they are aiming for May 26.

The restaurant is owned by Carlos Renteria and Jaime Martinez, who are both first-time restauranteurs.

They wanted to open an authentic Mexican restaurant that’s family friendly, Renteria said.

“The opportunity came up,” Renteria said. “Neither one of us has really been in the restaurant business before. But we both like to eat, and we know everyone else likes to eat, so we tried to gather some of the ideas we like to put out to the public.”

The menu will include deep fried gorditas, tacos al pastor made from pork cooked on a spit, and more. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant will serve barbacoa, menduo and pozole, a Mexican stew.

Renteria said the small dining room will seat about 45. Los Compadres will have table side service and will serve alcohol. The food and drink will be served in authentic clay dishes, he said. Los Compadres also will have a drive-through.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant will serve tacos only after 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

This Los Compadres is not associated with the Los Compadres restaurant that formerly operated near 31st and Hillside or the one that was at 3537 N. Broadway.

For more information, call 316-558-8848.