Comings and Goings: Chile Pepper dining room remake to honor founder
The main dining room of Chile Pepper, 1030 W. 24th St., is getting a new look in honor of founder Bessie Gutierrez. Although Bessie died last year, her family wanted to give the customers she loved a “pretty new dining room and the same great food,” said daughter Mary Lou Huff.
It was time, she said of the building her mother had built in 1991. The improvements include a lot of tile work, upgraded counters and seating and the addition of a fireplace. The family also will bring in some of Bessie’s furniture and accessories – “some things she loved we want to share with her customers.”
Construction got underway Saturday and is expected to take seven to 10 days to complete.
In the meantime, the dining room is closed. However, Chile Pepper’s to-go side of the restaurant will remain open during regular business hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for take-out orders, with some additional outdoor seating available for those who want to “dine in,” Huff said.
Also, customers are reminded that Mr. G Drive-In, 501 S. 4th Ave., serves the same great food made fresh daily.
The Hills Restaurant Patio and Bar – the new name of the renovated restaurant and lounge (formerly Putter’s Inn) at Desert Hills Municipal Golf Course at 1245 S. Desert Hills Drive off Avenue A – will open for business Friday starting with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. It will be open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week and can be reached at 373-5230 for more information and to make reservations.
Local chef Alex Trujillo, restaurant operations manager, has been busy overseeing the renovations, training staff and developing a fresh new menu featuring several house specialties.
The restaurant and lounge improvements focused on expanding the outdoor patio seating and creating a new indoor-outdoor bar with a great view of the golf course and Yuma Valley, Trujillo said. Other improvements are fresh paint and new flooring throughout and upgraded audio-visual capabilities in the meeting room.
There’s a new restaurant in the Foothills area serving up tacos, burritos (including breakfast burritos), enchiladas and other Mexican dishes – with fresh cooked tortillas. Taco Tom’s is located at 12479 S. Frontage Road next door to Chicken on the Run, and in fact, is located in that restaurant’s former building before it moved into a larger space.
Taco Tom’s is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and can be reached at 345-8321.
The new business is owned and operated by Daniel Lujan and named for his father.
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning, a “green” solution to carpet and upholstery cleaning, is coming to Yuma with a franchise owned by Chris and Martha Leon. They will launch the new business Tuesday, initially with carpet and upholstery cleaning, and within a few weeks will also offer tile and grout cleaning. The company can be reached at 928-248-3113 or 928-246-9646.
Started in 2006, Oxi Fresh’s innovative technology creates a powerful oxygenated cleaning system, rather than using chemicals and steam. The cleaning system is safe for children and pets, leaves no sticky residue and dries in one hour, Leon said.
He said the couple had been searching for a business opportunity and learned about the carpet cleaning system while visiting friends in another state who were having their carpets cleaned by Oxi Fresh. They not only were impressed at the results but also that it was eco-friendly.
Servicemaster Restore: All Phase Restoration has moved into a much larger space at 2875 S. Kyla Ave. to accommodate growth in the business. The franchise, owned by Paul Berg and Kevin Schriver, provides emergency clean up and restoration services when a home or business has suffered fire or water damage. For more information, call 276-9400.
The business previously had been located at 1929 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 2.
To celebrate its relocation, the business will have an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25.
Hairstylist Stephanie Delgado is now working at Tangle Tamers, 2447 S. 4th Ave. Previously with Ambiance, she has been providing hair services for four years and specializes in precision cutting and color.
She is available from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and some evenings. For an appointment, call the salon at 928-341-0061 or her cell phone at 928-750-4458.
A new Family Dollar store under construction at 810 S. Avenue C is slated to open by the end of the year, reported Bryn Winburn public relations manager for the company.
The story will employ between eight and 10 team members and Family Dollar strives to hire from within the community. Those interested in applying for a job can either visit a local store or go online to www.familydollar.com.
Joseph Ehring, former manager of Richard’s Foothills Auto Repair, has opened his own shop. Joe’s Garage is located at 4228 E. Highway 80 (32nd Street) right behind SewMasters of Yuma. The new shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and can be reached at 928- 344-5011.
The Natural Selection Foods cooler at 3701 S. Avenue 3 1/2 E has been acquired by Gramercy Property Trust, confirmed Emily Pai of Gramercy. The investment group acquired the 220,000-square-foot cooler and distribution center for $17.85 million in an all-cash leaseback transaction.
The building is 100 percent leased through September 2033 to Natural Selection Foods, the leading organic food company in North America. The company markets organic fresh vegetables and salads under the Earthbound Farm brand and was the first in the nation to sell pre-washed bagged salads in the country.
Gramercy Property Trust is a commercial real estate company focused on acquiring and managing income-producing industrial and office properties with long-term leases to tenants in major markets, Pai said. “We plan to hold it a long time.”
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