Name: Jorge Villarreal
Business name: El Carnaval Latin Food Store and Restaurant, 4009 Pio Nono Ave., Macon.
Phone: (478) 785-6717.
Store hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How long have you been open?: Ten years and the restaurant three years. Its going fine. Its OK. I have enough to pay my employees and taxes.
Villarreal said he decided to open the grocery store and restaurant to bring something new to Macon, something nobodys got.
I didnt want to bring something the community already has.
Whats your specialty?: Groceries, meats, fresh vegetables, Villarreal said. Other items sold include spices, clothing and (cowboy) boots. ... We have piñatas for parties. Villarreal said, adding that his most poplar item in the restaurant is tacos.
What are your future plans?: For the moment, because of the economy, Im going to stand by and see if things change, Villarreal said. If things change, Ill probably open another store.
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