WICHITA — While Jack's North Hi Carryout has persevered for more than six decades across from North High School, the space just down from it on 13th Street has been a revolving door of restaurants.
Rosa and Roberto Lopez think they can change that with their new Gorditas Durango.
They've purchased the newly neon green restaurant where Laura's Super Tortas was most recently.
The Lopezes have owned 21st Street Carry Out Burgers for the last 14 years.
Rosa Lopez thinks that track record — and her husband's experience owning La Fiera Restaurant before that — will ensure they can make the new space succeed.
The restaurant, which seats about 32, will be open seven days a week.
The menu will be like what they serve at 21st Street Carry Out Burgers, which — unlike the inherited name suggests — serves gorditas and other Mexican specialties.
A couple of months from now, the Lopezes will close their 21st Street restaurant, which they lease. They wanted to move to own their own building.
Rosa Lopez says she's aware the new building has a bit of a reputation for being a cursed space.
"I know, but we are not like the other people."