New restaurants opening and booming in downtown El Paso

POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 9:27pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 9:56pm

Foster owned five-star restaurant to be first in region

Change is coming and by next month El Paso will clear the way for a downtown baseball stadium and team. But if you look past the demolition and construction, there's already plenty of life and businesses leading the way to a booming downtown El Paso.

Almost every corner has a new business, a new building or a renovation in the works. Just ask someone like Paul Foster. a prominent figure in the borderland and El Paso's only billionaire, he's responsible for some of the change here. His latest project, a five star restaurant downtown, the first of its kind in the region. With fine dining upstairs and a modern bistro downstairs the restaurant will be in the Anson Mills building. The restaurant's name Anson Eleven is a nod to El Paso's history.

"He's the guy that laid out the streets and the guide and the plan for El Paso originally," said Foster. I think doing that will help transform this area, bring more foot traffic and hopefully it will continue to have an impact."

Just blocks away, Cafe Italia, a restaurant that's been in El Paso for six years, opened a location in downtown just six weeks ago.

"Because of the renovation, its you now prime with the next few years, it's gonna be booming down here," said Cafe Italia Manager John Frisbee.

Frisbee, an El Paso native, loves being in the heart of downtown's renaissance.

"El Paso has the culture, you know there's young life. I mean there's a lot of energy down here and I think it's gonna be nice serving people you know, who are going to the museums, going to the opera, things like that. So I think we'll fit in nicely with all of that," said Frisbee.

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