Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Business Watch: El Maguey Switches Relocation Plans Due to AC Trouble

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Business Watch: El Maguey Switches Relocation Plans Due to AC Trouble

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El Maguey will reopen soon, but in a different location than planned.

Owner Juan Jasso-Rodriguez initially had planned to move the business into West Ridge Mall, but instead will open at 1630 S.W. Arvonia Place. The restaurant previously was in West Ridge Plaza, in a space where Carter's is moving in.

Jasso-Rodriguez said he wanted to apologize to customers who were confused, but had to change plans because the mall space would have required a $35,000 upgrade to the air conditioning system. He said he hesitated to make that investment, and the mall wasn't willing to do so.

"At the last minute, my engineers said the air conditioning wouldn't be enough to open in the mall," he said.

Jasso-Rodriguez said he hopes to open in the middle of the coming week, but fans can check the El Maguey page on Facebook or call (785) 271-0009 for updates.

The new location has a drive-thru, which will serve quicker items like tacos, Jasso-Rodriguez said. The dining room will sit about 40 people, with space for another 20 on the patio. The restaurant will begin taking reservations so customers won't have to wait very long, he said.

"We're going to try to serve everyone," he said.

The hours also will extend from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Jasso- Rodriguez said. El Maguey is adding breakfast items chorizo and eggs, scrambled egg dishes, breakfast burritos and tortas, he said.

The location has been home to two restaurants in the past two years. Manny's sub shop was open from December 2012 to July 2014. A combination of Bobo's Drive-In and Leroy's BBQ opened later in 2014 as Bobo's Bar & Grill - Leroy's BBQ, but didn't last long. Jasso- Rodriguez said he expects his time there to be temporary, because he would like to find a larger space.

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