Taqueria El Paisa is closing on Sunday after 18 years in business. But the owner’s son has a big – though rather small – new business plan.
Concepcion Acosta, who opened the popular restaurant at 2227 N. Arkansas nearly 19 years ago, says that she will close for good at the end of business on Sunday. She’s been trying to sell the restaurant for three years but says she is now ready to retire. On Monday, she’ll open for a sale, where she’ll try to unload the many decorations in the place.
Her son, Christian Nunez, who has worked with his mother for years, says he will open a new business soon. He’s taking over one of the vendor canopies in the newly remodeled Union Station project on east Douglas, he said. This is the first named vendor for the canopies, which have been sitting vacant since completed months ago.
The canopies feature tiny kitchen setups and service counters and are designed to feed people gathered in the plaza.
Nunez said he isn’t ready yet to say what the name of his business will be or what he’ll be serving. But he’ll reveal all of that and an opening date next month, he said.
He would have liked to have taken the taqueria over from his mother, said, but he still has one more year left at Wichita State University, where he’s pursuing a degree in business.
Acosta will help her son with the business, she said.
“I’d like to say thank you to all my customers in Wichita for the last 18 years,” she said.
Taqueria El Paisa will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.