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Angela's Cafe on East Central is struggling this week even though it's not the one with fire and tax issues

WICHITA — Between a fire at one Angela's Cafe and tax problems with the owner of another Angela's, the Angela's Cafe at 901 E. Central is struggling with dwindling sales this week.

That's even though owner Maria Romero's business is separate from the ones other family members run.

"We don't even have any contact with each other," she says.

Officers from the Kansas Department of Revenue and Alcoholic Beverage Control this week seized the business assets of Jorge Romero, Maria Romero's brother.

Jorge Romero has the Angela's at 2119 W. 21st St. The Revenue Department said it executed tax warrants on Wednesday for unpaid state sales tax of more than $18,900.

Also Wednesday, a fire gutted the Angela's Cafe at 10901 E. Kellogg. The cause is still under investigation.

Maria Romero says her business has no tax issues and hasn't suffered a fire, but the problems at the other two Angela's restaurants are affecting hers.

"We're just a little nervous," she says. "We're not having any business at all. Not even our regulars are here.

"It's just a shame."

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