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El Agave Mexican Restaurant to open in former Top China Buffet space

WICHITA — The former Top China Buffet space at 3320 N. Rock Road is reverting back to a Mexican restaurant.

Luis Zambrano plans to open El Agave Mexican Restaurant in the 5,600 square feet where Monterrey Mexican Grill was before Top China Buffet.

Some Wichitans still know the Rock Road space best from when it was home to Red Hot & Blue.

El Agave is named for the plant used to make tequila.

"We're going to . . . try to get over 100 tequilas if possible, so we're going to have a lot of pretty good margaritas," Zambrano says.

He thinks it will take about three months to open, though that depends on several things.

For instance, he's ordering booths, tables and decorations from Mexico "just to give it a different look," and he's not sure how long that will take.

"When people walk in there, they'll be like, whoa, I can feel the atmosphere," Zambrano says of the look he's going for.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the lease.

Zambrano has worked for other restaurants previously but never owned one himself.

"I just don't want to be working for somebody else," he says. "I'd rather make the profit for myself than for other people."