Dining With Denise Neil

Daughter of Wichita Mexican restaurant owners starting her own place

Goyo’s Mexican Fast Food will open soon in Park City.
Goyo’s Mexican Fast Food will open soon in Park City.

The daughter of Molino’s Mexican Cuisine co-owner Mara Garza is venturing out on her own.

Mara Mendez, Garza’s eldest child, and Mendez’s husband, Victor Cisneros, hope to have Goyo’s Mexican Fast Food open by Aug. 2. The restaurant is in Park City in the space at 5355 N. Broadway once occupied by Red Stone Grill.

Mendez grew up working in restaurants run and owned by her mother and her stepfather, Mario Quiroz. She helped out as starting at a teenager at places like La Mesa and Frida’s and also has worked at Molino’s. Cisneros also has a long history in restaurants. He’s worked in several kitchens around town, including Jose Pepper’s, The Hill Bar & Grill and Hana Cafe.

The couple lives in Park City and said they’ve long been frustrated by a lack of Mexican food options, especially later at night.

“We’ve always had cravings for late-night food, but there’s nothing but Wendy’s and McDonald’s,” she said.

Their restaurant will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Nothing costs more than $7.99.

The menu won’t be like Molino’s, which has two locations in Wichita, Mendez said, though she will serve Molino’s famous elote, a traditional corn dish served in a cup.

Her offerings will include unique items like asada nachos and barbecue nachos as well as tacos, taquitos, burritos, tortas and breakfast burritos. Meat choices will include asada, carnitas, adobada, grilled chicken and ground beef.