Downtown restaurants form collective to help promote business
El Paso, TEXAS (KTSM) — Local restaurants downtown are forming a united front and cross promoting each other's businesses. The collective group is meant to keep the downtown economy moving forward.
Starting a business from scratch can be scary and tricky, especially for private restaurant owners downtown.
"Hector from Hello Day Café came down to see if we had an extra cook for them and ever since then we started getting everything you know organized you know try to cross promote each other," said Pot Au Fué owner and chef Roberto Espinoza.
Espinoza remembered what it was like when he first opened his doors in 2009.
"There was no neighbor to ask advice," said Espinoza.
So he and a few other restaurateurs started knocking on doors.
"We're supportive of each other you know, like I said we direct people to each other," said Espinoza.
The newly formed group comes at a time, where its no secret, downtown is going through a revitalization and businesses are expecting to see major changes in the months and years to come.
"The walk-in traffic is starting to build," said Espinoza.
Customers keep coming back, like Mark Weiss and daughter Morgan, who's celebrating her high school graduation at Pot Au Fué.
"I think it's cool that it's more customer friendly so the restaurants can help each other out more," said Morgan Weiss.
Her father agreed.
"I think it helps everybody and more people will come out more often and it'll help bring more revenue to the downtown area," said Weiss.
"The business owners can feel less competitive about saying hey there's a place that's really cool down the street," said
The Green Ingredient is actually located down the street. The new restaurant opened its doors one week ago.
"We're not competition. Everyone provides a different service, a different menu and we have to see it as something for everyone," said owner Jackie Cordova.
She said she would love to be part of the restaurant collective.
"It's gonna better your community. It's gonna bring your traffic to you. It's going to bring that appeal to downtown and change that stigma of it being dead after 6 o'clock,” said Espinoza.