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Frida's Mexican Grill granted rezoning request

WICHITA — The soap opera is over.

Last month, Frida's Mexican Grill owner Mario Quiroz told Have You Heard?, "We can make a soap opera right now," because of struggles to get proper zoning for a special events room.

When Quiroz first opened, he planned to use the extra space for a comedy club. When plans changed, he learned he didn't have the right zoning for dancing.

The city now has approved the zoning, and Quiroz is simply waiting for an entertainment license so customers can have parties with dancing and his extra room can be put to better use.

"Life is smiling at me a little bit," a happy Quiroz says.

His restaurant near Thai Binh grocery on West 21st opened in April 2008 but has suffered recently because of bridge repairs in the area and the inability to fully utilize the extra room.

"It was really hard," Quiroz says.

But he says even the struggle led to a lot of good networking for him. For instance, next week he'll join the Crime Stoppers board.

"It's getting better," Quiroz says, "step by step."