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Restaurant industry still thriving, despite closings on Mesa

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas -- At least a handful of fairly new restaurants along Mesa Street in west El Paso have closed their doors within the last month or so.

Some of the restaurants that have closed include Haskin's House, Pacifica Seafood and Bar, and the Good Coffee.

"These are trying times for any business to continue doing business," said Leo Duran Sr., a board member with the El Paso Restaurant Association.

Duran said one of the main reasons for closures like these boils down to restaurants not paying enough attention to the financial side of the business.

"For too long, the industry had been focusing perhaps on just running your restaurant, getting in and cooking," Duran said. "But the business aspect is really getting and understanding your financial statements on a current basis."

However, other restaurants in El Paso are thriving in this economic climate.

Hello Day Cafe on El Paso Street in downtown El Paso celebrated their one-year anniversary in February.

Hector Saenz admits he was somewhat nervous to open the restaurant last year.

"It was a ton of work," Saenz said. "We just kind of redid everything, it's a small space, but it's still a ton of work."

However, Saenz said the economy did not hurt his restaurant.

He added that the greatest challenge he faced was figuring out the right people to cater his services to.

"Just sort of figuring out exactly who your demographic is, that is definitely key," Saenz said. "It is important to notice who is responding and being able to cater a little bit to it. If you have a good concept you should stick to it as much as you can."

Saenz said he encourages other business owners to remember this strategy, so that more restaurants in El Paso will keep their doors open.

Duran said although it is unforunate some restaurants recently closed, he said this is an opportunity for new businesses to open in the Borderland.

"I don't believe these are troubling times for the whole industry," Duran said. "You get in there and you try to do the best that you can but unfortunately it's just probably the law of survival. Some will survive, while others won't."

For more information on how to join the El Paso Restaurant Association, call Leo Duran Sr. at 915-490-6968.

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