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Mediterraneo closes, Groves Retail Liquor prepares to use the space

WICHITA — Seven months after opening, Mediterraneo has closed.

"This location's tough," says Zak Tazkargy, who owned the business at Kellogg and Webb with Moe Hlayhel.

Italian Garden was in the space before that.

Tazkargy says construction in the area made it too hard to attract customers.

"We had people calling saying, 'We can't get into your building,' " he says.

Hlayhel is heading overseas for a job, but Tazkargy says he may have another restaurant by fall.

"If we find a good location, you know we may reopen."

Ron Groves of Groves Retail Liquor, which is just down Kellogg from Mediterraneo, has purchased the restaurant's fixtures.

He wants to use the 5,000-square-foot building for more storage and for an occasional wine tasting. Groves is working with the state to get approval to rent the space for tastings.