Downtown Greenville restaurant closes, blaming coronavirus outbreak

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Another downtown Greenville restaurant is closing its doors after suffering insurmountable losses during the coronavirus pandemic.Compadres Mex Mex Grill, at 929 South Main St., announced Tuesday on Facebook that it had closed down after 13 years.The post said its second location, at 2541 North Pleasantburg Drive, would remain open. The second location has been open for 10 years.The business is owned by Octavio Ramirez Sr. and many of his family members work there.His daughter, Ariana, and son, Octavio Jr., said they were closing the family’s first restaurant near the West End because of the downturn in business.”We were operating at just 20 to 30% capacity,” Octavio Jr. said. “Our regular customers and our landlord were great, but we had bills to pay,” he said.The restaurant is located near Fluor Field where the Greenville Drive play and had always experienced a healthy clientele of baseball fans, tourists and downtown residents.”But with the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone is scared to go downtown,” Ariana said. “We noticed many people not wearing masks and not protecting each other.”They decided to put all their resources into the North Pleasantburg Drive location because business is not as affected there, they said.Ariana said they did not have to let any employees go, despite the restaurant closing. All of the employees downtown are now working at the North Pleasantburg location, Ramirez said.”We must now end this chapter of our lives here in the West End and we hope you’ll still come visit us at our second location on North Pleasantburg Dr.,” the post said. “We thank you all for making our years here so memorable.””We have high hopes for the future,” Octavio Jr. said. “We’re still here, we’re just down one restaurant.”Word about Compadres closing comes one day after another Greenville restaurant announced its closing. The owner of el Thrifty restaurant, located along the Swamp Rabbit Train on on Delano Drive said Monday that due to “unprecedented situations that have drastically decreased sales,” the restaurant is closing its doors.

Another downtown Greenville restaurant is closing its doors after suffering insurmountable losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Compadres Mex Mex Grill, at 929 South Main St., announced Tuesday on Facebook that it had closed down after 13 years.

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The post said its second location, at 2541 North Pleasantburg Drive, would remain open. The second location has been open for 10 years.

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The business is owned by Octavio Ramirez Sr. and many of his family members work there.

His daughter, Ariana, and son, Octavio Jr., said they were closing the family’s first restaurant near the West End because of the downturn in business.

“We were operating at just 20 to 30% capacity,” Octavio Jr. said. “Our regular customers and our landlord were great, but we had bills to pay,” he said.

The restaurant is located near Fluor Field where the Greenville Drive play and had always experienced a healthy clientele of baseball fans, tourists and downtown residents.

“But with the COVID-19 outbreak, everyone is scared to go downtown,” Ariana said. “We noticed many people not wearing masks and not protecting each other.”

They decided to put all their resources into the North Pleasantburg Drive location because business is not as affected there, they said.

Ariana said they did not have to let any employees go, despite the restaurant closing. All of the employees downtown are now working at the North Pleasantburg location, Ramirez said.

“We must now end this chapter of our lives here in the West End and we hope you’ll still come visit us at our second location on North Pleasantburg Dr.,” the post said. “We thank you all for making our years here so memorable.”

“We have high hopes for the future,” Octavio Jr. said. “We’re still here, we’re just down one restaurant.”

Word about Compadres closing comes one day after another Greenville restaurant announced its closing.

The owner of el Thrifty restaurant, located along the Swamp Rabbit Train on on Delano Drive said Monday that due to “unprecedented situations that have drastically decreased sales,” the restaurant is closing its doors.


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