Carrie Rengers

Taqueria El Paisa broker tries new strategy

The almost 20-year-old Tacqueria El Paisa is on Arkansas just north of 21st Street.
The almost 20-year-old Tacqueria El Paisa is on Arkansas just north of 21st Street. The Wichita Eagle

It was late 2013 when Taqueria El Paisa owner Concepcion Acosta first told Have You Heard? she hoped to sell her restaurant.

The almost 20-year-old popular Mexican restaurant, which is on Arkansas just north of 21st Street, hasn’t sold, though.

“We were not getting the right … person interested,” says Bernardo Flores of Fiesta Real Estate.

Flores says that area of Wichita is his specialty – it’s also where his office is – but he says he thinks a lot of potential buyers there aren’t the types to be on commercial real estate websites that cost money.

So he tried a big, wooden sign outside the business, and voila.

“We have two or three very, very serious buyers.”

Flores says there was a concern the sign might drive away business, but it’s done the opposite.

“Many people think, oh, my gosh, I’ve got to eat there,” he says of diners who are concerned the restaurant may close.

The $390,000 price tag includes the property and its approximately 10,000-square-foot building along with equipment.

When the restaurant sells, though, the menu won’t. Unlike when Acosta initially tried to sell the business, the recipes are no longer for sale.

Still, Flores says, “It’s a great deal.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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