El Salvadoreño relocation delayed, with planned space still vacant

The building where El Salvadoreño had planned to move is still vacant.

When El Salvadoreño announced last fall that it was closing its Santa Fe Drive operation in downtown Overland Park after six years, founder Ben Sol said the restaurant would be relocating to a new space in a building across from the Johnson County Central Resource Library on 87th Street.

There are two restaurants in Merriam that serve papusas. Photo by B. McShane via Flickr.

The plan was for a downtime of a few weeks between the closure of the original location and the new, larger one. But four months later, the building that El Salvadoreño had pegged for its new restaurant is still vacant — and there doesn’t appear to be any work to ready the interior for a tenant.

Sol has not responded to an email message seeking information about the status of the popular eatery, and calls to the property management company have not been returned.

El Salvadoreño had a loyal following, with people from across the area seeking out its authentic papusas, curtido and other Salvadorean fare. In addition to service at the restaurant, it had a regular stand at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market.

People looking for another option for Salvadorean food won’t have to travel too, far, though. Anita’s Cuisine at 5816 Merriam Drive and El Pulgarcito at 5921 both offer papusas and other central American cuisine.

UPDATE: Hold on, the current owners of the property say via Facebook that they are still planning to open in the space on 87th Street. We’ll post additional details as soon as we’ve gotten them.