Two years ago, Victor Esqueda and his nephew, Alfonso Esqueda, teamed up to open Cacao Restaurante.
They took over the former Kokopelli Mexican Cantina at 5200 W. 95th St. in Prairie Village, gutting it for a bright decor with a palette of turquoise, white and gray.
But they said their landlord recently sold the building. So they shut down the restaurant in April and are moving their equipment and furnishings across the State Line to Watts Mill Plaza, just over three miles away.
They plan to reopen Cacao in mid-July in the former Applebee's Grill + Bar space at 1046 W. 103rd St. Applebee's closed in late 2016.
Menu items include salad, soups, burritos, tortas, fajitas, tacos, mole and Chile Rellano. It also will have lunch specials.
Officials with Watts Mill Plaza couldn't be reached for comment.
Victor Esqueda said he's returning to his roots. He helped open Guadalajara Cafe in Watts Mill Plaza in mid-1996 and it operated there until 2014.
Esqueda also is owner of Ixtapa Mexican Cuisine in the Northland.