After being home to Asian restaurants in recent years, the almost 6,500-square-foot space at 1221 N. Rock Road in Derby is now going to have Mexican food.
Francisco Ramirez and his son, Ivan Mortero, are opening El Maguey in early May.
Mortero, who is moving to Derby to run the restaurant, describes El Maguey as a cross between authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex.
“People have to come and try it” and decide for themselves, he says.
The two already have El Maguey restaurants in Winfield and Arkansas City.
“We usually do small … towns,” Mortero says. Derby is “a little bit bigger town.”
The restaurant, which will have a full bar, will be able to seat more than 140.
Maguey is an agave plant, and agave is what tequila is made from.
Mortero and Ramirez knocked down walls in their remodeling and rebuilt some for privacy in the seating.
There’s a new fajita grill in the kitchen.
Mortero says Pollo Chicken, a marinated chicken, is one of the specialties at El Maguey.
“That’s one of my favorites,” he says. “The chicken is really good.”
If all goes well, Wichita could be an even bigger town for the two to try, Mortero says.
“Maybe in the future.”