Archive for Friday, March 9, 2012

Jalapenos could open next weekend; Sunflower Auto Plaza to open down the road

March 9, 2012

The wait might finally be over for the return of Mexican food to Tonganoxie. And down the street from that restaurant, another location will have a slew of cars for sale in its lot.

Tonganoxie residents have been waiting the last few months for Jalapenos, at 215 West St., to open its doors. Major renovations to the outside of the building, as well as inside, have been ongoing. And owner Francisco Mendez, who owns El Mezcal restaurants in Lawrence, had hoped to open around the beginning of the year. But Mendez is waiting on a part for the restaurant’s walk-in cooler. If that piece arrives, as it’s expected to in the coming days, Mendez hopes to be open next weekend — just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. If the part doesn’t arrive, Mendez will continue to play the waiting game, but renovations inside the restaurant — including an overhaul in the downstairs dining area that includes new booths and tile — are complete.

Down the street to the south on U.S. Highway 24-40, Kelly Smith of Piper is overhauling the former Casey’s General Store at U.S. 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16 to make way for Sunflower Auto Plaza. Smith, who has been a wholesale automobile dealer, is opening his first car lot.

Smith is gutting the interior of the store and plans to update the exterior of the building. He anticipates having a maximum of 15 vehicles in the lot for sale at any one time and also is planning to have another building in Tonganoxie where additional vehicles will be stored and mechanical work will be done.

If renovations go according to plan, Smith plans to open the business in May.


Paula Crook 6 years, 3 months ago

Sounds Good! I'm glad to see them come to our town and I welcome them. My husband and I had dinner in their Lawrence place a couple of weeks ago... they have great food. I hope the people of Tongie will give them their business.


Michael Vestal 6 years, 3 months ago

Great news for the City, not only Jalapenos, But the Used cr lot also. Thank you both for bringing the businesses to Tonganoxie, Now if something can go into the run down buildings owned by Seymour, It would really make that corner very appealing and a place the city can be proud of instead of the embarrassment we face with them empty. Thanks again to those 2 men!! Everyone stop in and thank them for making the move here! I know I plan to be on of the first to congratulate them and wish them great success!


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