Lawrence Mexican restaurant opening location in Tonganoxie
Because Jordan Davis has a boss who listens, Tonganoxie will soon have a Mexican restaurant.
Davis works at El Mezcal on 23rd Street in Lawrence. For some time he has been advocating the owners of the Mexican restaurants with three locations in both Lawrence and Topeka open a restaurant in Tonganoxie because of the shortage of sit-down restaurants and absence of quality Mexican food.
“I’ve lived there a really long time, and I’ve been telling them for a long time they needed to put one out there,” said Davis, who will manage the Tonganoxie restaurant.
Now, his boss and El Mezcal owner Balente Hernandez is refurbishing the recently closed Fat Sam’s at 215 West St. (U.S. Highway 24-40) into an establishment he and Davis said would look much like the El Mezcal near 23rd and Iowa streets. Workers are substantially renovating the ground floor and basement of the building and starting work that will eventually result in a stucco exterior.
“Stucco. New tile. New everything,” Hernandez said.
The restaurant will have 14 or 15 tables on the ground floor and another 10 to 13 in the basement, Hernandez said.
The interior furnishings will be the colorful, homemade tables and chairs, which grace the Lawrence El Mezcal, Davis said.
The food and drink also will be familiar to those who have eaten at the Lawrence restaurant.
“Menu, food is the same,” Hernandez said.
The restaurant will also have margaritas and Mexican beers, Hernandez said.
The goal is to open the restaurant sometime near Christmas, Hernandez said. But the name of the Tonganoxie locale still is being debated.
“I don’t know for sure,” Hernandez said. “I think it will be El Mezcal.”