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Mary's Mexico Cafe changes names to avoid further legal problems

WICHITA — Mary’s Mexico Cafe at 1930 S. Oliver is now going to be known as Ben Villar’s Mexican Restaurant.

“We’re changing names for legal purposes,” says Kim Villar, Ben’s wife.

Brent Helm and William Villar Jr., Ben’s brother, briefly owned the Villar family’s former El Mexico Cafe at 2544 S. Seneca but then parted ways.

Helm sought and received a temporary restraining order that prevented William Villar Jr. from competing against El Mexico with any Mexican restaurant other than his Mexico Cafe Delano.

This came after William Villar Jr. made comments to Have You Heard? about how his mother, Mary Villar, planned to open Mary's Mexico Cafe at the former Crossroads Bistro and Steakhouse on South Oliver.

At the time William Villar Jr. said he was not involved with that restaurant, but Helm said he was.

Regardless of whether he was or wasn’t, he’s not now. William Villar Jr. is running the Delano restaurant, and Kim and Ben Villar are running the South Oliver restaurant.

Kim Villar says they’ve added breakfast and daily specials and are “trying to kind of revive the business a little.”