This calls for a fiesta

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Casa Mexican Restaurant expected to open in May

By John Whitlock

Since the Owenton location of Dairy Queen closed in September 2009, the building has remained empty despite rumors that it would be opening soon under a different name.
But earlier this month, that long-running chit-chat become true when it was announced that a new version of a Frankfort favorite would be opening in Owenton.
Jose, Mario and Fernando Chavez, who hail from Los Reyes in Mexico, have been hard at work for weeks renovating the location and preparing for a grand opening. Jose Chavez owns Casa Fiesta in Frankfort, but this is his brothers first experience as restaurant owners.
“It’s a lot of work but we are having fun and we all are getting excited about the opening,” Mario Chavez said. “I think people will enjoy just coming inside.”
Mario Chavez is convinced the hard work with pay off as soon as the first guests come through the door.
“There is a lot of renovations to be done,” Mario Chavez said. “We want to make it nice and fun for everyone who comes in.”
Although there is not an exact date to open the doors, Mario Chavez said they are targeting the second week in May.
The restaurant will feature authentic Mexican food that’s not available in Owen County.
“This will be a new experience for some people here,” Mario Chavez said. “We hope that everyone will enjoy our food and I’m sure they will have a good time here. We want to create a fun atmosphere and that’s why we are working so hard to make the restaurant bright.”
Mario Chavez said there will be plenty of variety and people will have a hard time picking out a favorite.
“I think everything is really good,” Mario Chavez said. “I don’t think I have a favorite dish. I like it all and I think  other people will have that problem too.”
Mario Chavez said he has already felt very welcome in the community.
“We have had so many people come in just to say hello and welcome us. It’s unbelievable,” Mario Chavez said. “We have other businessmen come by and (Owenton Police) Officer (Steve) Miller also dropped by,” Mario Chavez said. “This is a wonderful town and we can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Currently, there are  no plans to serve alcohol at the restaurant.
“This a family business and we want to be a family-friendly restaurant. We want everyone to be comfortable here,” Mario Chavez said.
If local laws changed to allow drink sales, Mario Chavez said they would have to consider the move.