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2 Amigos Mexican Buffet in Kenner

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  The new Kenner restaurant 2 Amigos Mexican Buffet (3826 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-466-4116) is slated to open in mid-September. The buffet's owners, Gene Usner and Roger Bolanos, were managers at Pancho's Mexican Buffet on Veterans Memorial Boulevard, which closed after Hurricane Katrina.

  When asked about the possibility of offering sopapillas and providing guests with table flags to raise for service — as was the norm at Pancho's — Usner stressed that neither he nor Bolanos owned Pancho's and that they don't necessarily want to be associated with the El Paso, Texas-based chain. The sign outside reading "Gene & Roger from Pancho's" is merely a greeting to locals, letting them know that the owners, too, are from here.

— MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY

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