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Junior's Cafe moving to new location

June 05, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

One of downtown El Centro's more popular eateries closed Friday in anticipation of moving to a new location on Evan Hewes Highway.

Junior's Cafe closed its doors Friday.

"There just doesn't seem to be room for growth downtown," said Carlos Salcedo, Junior's owner, adding with the limited parking there is only so much business that can be conducted in the downtown area.

Salcedo said he will reopen Junior's at the former location of the Asadero Jalisco, which before that was a liquor store. He said he could not run the Main Street restaurant and remodel the new location simultaneously. The Main Street location could accommodate a maximum of 60 people, while the Adams Avenue can seat about 80 comfortably.


"It'll still be Junior's," Salcedo said, adding he will try to add a dinner serving, immediately sell beer and wine and add more specials.

The new Junior's is expected to open some time in September.

Meanwhile, there are no immediate plans for the Main Street site, according to its owner, Bill Powers, who also owns Papa Bill's Gift Shop.

"I'm a little gun shy," he said, adding that parking has become a problem since the building of the Town Square and the installation of landscaping planters in the downtown area.

"Until we get a parking solution, we're going to have a problem," he said.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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