After a decade in the Mexican restaurant business, El Azteca on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard has closed, and the owners say the economy is to blame.
“Business has dropped off. It’s not enough to cover the overhead here,” said Maggie Macias, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Raul.
The restaurant closed Saturday. It employed 25 people, down from a peak of about 40 just a few years ago. Raul Macias said he and his wife almost closed last year but decided to “stick it out” because they couldn’t stand to see their workers unemployed -- and they thought the renovated and reopened movie theater might drive up traffic. The theater closed earlier this year.
“We were hoping it would take off, but it didn’t,” said Maggie Macias. “We didn’t see anything on the horizon to hope that things are getting better.”
The loss of the Barnes & Nobles bookstore to The Shoppes at River Crossing also hurt business, they said.
For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Telegraph.