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Taking Care of Business: Dos Chiles marks 20 years in Bridgeport

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Salsa for everyone!

Dos Chiles in Bridgeport marked its 20th anniversary last weekend.

Owners Joel and Alma DeLeon and their staff grew their business from a single, 40-seat Mexican restaurant to a small chain with three other locations – Boyd, Bowie and Graham.

Joel, who has an associate’s degree in hotel and restaurant management, said the key to their success is “good food and good customer service.”

He recalled always planning to open a restaurant, but as a young man, he was a truck driver. He was living in Dallas at the time but would drive through Bridgeport on certain routes. One day he spied his opportunity – a small restaurant on U.S. 380 closed and there didn’t appear to be many other restaurants in town.

“I thought, ‘man, I can start here in this small spot and at least sell food to my trucker buddies,'” he said.

Just seven or eight months after opening, they moved to the location on Texas 101 and later built a brand-new, beautiful building at 105 Lake Road, which is its current location. This facility seats 210 and Joel estimates they turn it over at least three times per day, serving 600 to 700 customers daily.

“When it all starts, your goal is just to get it going and everything go smooth … but it never all goes smoothly,” he said. “It’s about the goal you have in mind and keeping at it. Be persistent.”

Joel said a customer appreciation day is planned for next month. Watch the Wise County Messenger for more information.

DUST STILL FLYING

The remodel at Legend Bank in Decatur is still underway, and although you can’t go inside the building, you can use the drive thru. The only week the drive thru will be closed is April 9-14.

If you have banking needs that can’t be met in the drive thru, visit Legend’s temporary location at 910 W. Hwy. 380 Business.

SOMBER MATTERS

Jones Family Funeral Home is having a free advance planning seminar 6 p.m. March 20. Local experts who will speak include attorney Chris Forbis on legal tools, Ginny Feaster with First Financial Bank in Decatur on bank accounts and pre-arrangement specialist Leon Stone on advance funeral planning.

There will be refreshments and door prizes … notice how they’re trying to make this fun? I think we can all agree planning a funeral is an unpleasant, but necessary process.

To get the ball rolling on funeral plans for yourself or a loved one, sign up for this seminar by calling 940-626-8221.

TRIBE STOP SIGN

I’m leaving the county for a few days next week, so you know what that means?

Chick-fil-A, baby.

Spring break perfection.

Days Without Chick-fil-A in Wise County (starting in 2018) – 69.

Kristen Tribe is the Messenger’s assistant publisher.

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