POSTED: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 10:37pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 10:42pm
EL PASO- After 12 days in the borderland, the world famous musical Wicked has come to an end with tonight's last showing at the Plaza Theater.
With hundreds of new patrons exploring downtown and spending money, local businesses say they'll be sad to see it go.Restaurant owners like Roberto Espinoza, say events like these have helped his business drastically in the past two weeks. Downtown El Paso nightlife has been lively with Wicked in town. He says the new business is exciting and refreshing.
"There's not very many businesses downtown so after the lunch crowd leaves, the business kinda takes off. People don't really come back," said Roberto Espinoza. He owns Pot a Fou, a French restaurant that has been seen a 60% percent increase in guests since Wicked came to town.
"This weekend has been really good to us as far as the patrons from there. Restaurants with our style of restaurant cater to that kind of crowd , you know a dinner and movie kind of deal, go to the symphony. Stuff like that. So it's just a perfect match with us," said Espinoza.
Bryan Crowe from the convention center says this is one of the most successful events to date.
“Café central, hotels were all enjoying the traffic. This will definitely set the record for us for Broadway," said Crowe.
Espinoza thinks events like Wicked coming to town will help bring more life to the downtown area.
"I just think it's helping get the word out that there are businesses downtown and there is stuff to do at night downtown and El Pasoans are actually having a reason to come downtown and then stay and see what's going on," said Espinoza.