TOPEKA (KSNT) – Rosa’s Mijo is open for business and serves delicious Mexican food inspired by one of Topeka’s old favorites – Rosa’s Mexican.
The owner of the newly opened Rosa Mijo restaurant, Abraham Barron, is the grandson of the former owner of Rosa Mexican Restaurant, Juanita “Jenny” Barron.
Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant closed its doors in May 2008 after 14 years of serving Topeka at its 2025 SE California Ave location. Several people in the Barron family have owned and operated Mexican restaurants around Topeka since the 1950s, and now another restaurant can be added to the list.
Tobicans who frequent the restaurant can now get a familiar taste with a new twist at Rosa’s Mijo located in the Federal Carlson Building at 444 SE Quincy.
Barron posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page to announce the new location and met several Topekans eager to try out the new restaurant and bring back fond memories of Rosa’s Mexican.
“I’m confused and amazed, but I knew it would be something people were excited about because of all the hard work my family did in Topeka,” Barron said, “The family legacy has really spread, so that’s not surprising.”
However, Barron wanted to make one thing clear: the food on the menu at the new restaurant wouldn’t be like Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant, it was only inspired by it.
This is not Rosa, this is Rosa Migo, Barron said.
Barron grew up in the kitchen at Rosa’s Mexican restaurant learning how to make authentic Mexican food from his grandmother. He now uses the lessons he learned as a young child from his now 91-year-old grandmother to inspire dishes at his new restaurant.
“Rosa’s food has always meant so much to Topeka, and even more so to me that I had a passion for authentic Mexican food by my grandmother,” Barron said. “
Barron even remembers his son carrying and stacking cans of food for Rosa’s Mexican restaurant when the restaurant was still open and his son was still very young; His son holds the same traditions that Barron experienced in his childhood.
“My son Elijah has been an integral part of the successful launch of this endeavor. I had the opportunity to bring back food inspired by my grandmother’s legacy alongside my son and I feel very proud,” Barron said.
Barron said his younger daughters help out from time to time too, running the log and helping around the cafe.
“Mexican food is my family’s heritage and it’s exciting to see people’s reactions when they get a taste of nostalgia,” Barron said.
One of the most famous dishes at Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant, “Burito Suicide” will be honored with Baron’s special touch on the famous dish – “Burito Legend”.
“I’m going to feature ‘Legend’ chili and American chili shakes at our weekly Migo Caso at the café,” Barron said. I bring it to them! “
Rosa’s Mijo will also have Tostados Tuesdays, flour enchiladas, rice, beans, and an original queso recipe along with many other delicious authentic Mexican dishes. One dish Baron is excited about is the chicken burrito.
“It has notes of chocolate and chili, it’s very rich and sweet,” Barron said.
Besides all the authentic Mexican dishes, Rosa’s Mijo will also serve up classic American grilled fare like chicken tenders and burgers. Barone also said that the restaurant will be serving ready-made family meals soon, which Rosa Mijo plans to highlight as a main service.
“We are so grateful to be able to live our dreams and carry on the family legacy,” Barron said.
They will also be on the streets of Topeka serving food in the “Mijo Queso Trolley” they plan to test out on Friday, July 22nd. Updates to the Mijo Queso Cart website and home family meals are posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which you can access here.