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Closing of El Balazo

Original post made by sandy n., Danville, on Mar 12, 2010

Seems all (7)but the original El Balazo restaurants shut their doors without notice to employees and public (Tri Valley Herald). Leaving hundreds of workers without pay due them.They are also delinquent in sales tax due the state. The owners live at 5910 Bruce Drive, off Tassajara (via public records), look where all the money went.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Mar 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

Good job Sandy! I'm glad you posted the owner's info. Now let us hope they lose their fancy house.
Now, let me provide a suggestion for someone more ambitious and enterprising than myself: please, please, please, open a BBQ joint. You will get filthy rich in months, I promise. What we don't need is another Chinese, Sushi, Italian, pasta-soup-salad-sandwich, or mediocre (at least by South Bay standards) Mexican eatery.
Less than ten items, open for lunch & dinner, no breakfast: pork & beef rib, brisket, hot links, chicken, slaw or salad, cornbread, corn on the cob, and beans. That's it, you're wealthy. Pretty please!


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Posted by i told you so.
a resident of Danville
on Mar 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

hey this is a good thing. where do you think that most of the money made by the " mexicans " went. they send it back to mexico to give to their family. so we are on step closer to stopping fund-age of a depressed , crime ravaged country. besides , danville needs another wimpy wine bar or useless boutique shop.


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Posted by No Joy Here
a resident of Danville
on Mar 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

The El Balazo in downtown Danville has long been our favorite for a reasonable meal out. Not only can't you beat the margaritas for value ($3) but they also taste better than any I've had in the larger chains. Split a plate of super nachos between two and we are stuffed, (we used to split one 4 ways when the kids were small).

And, if we are tempted to a second round of margaritas, we can walk home in half an hour and pick the car up the next morning.

I am sorry for any workers who aren't getting paid but I wouldn't be too hard on the owners, I'm sure they are being hard enough on themselves. You think they wanted to close the doors on all that hard work? I doubt it very much. I know enough people who are upside down on their home mortgages to suspect that commercial real estate, not to mention their primary residence, is not very different. It is hard to make it in the restaurant business at the best of times and, in case you hadn't noticed, these are far from that. For the owners to go from perhaps having their sights set on growing their family business into a state wide or national chain to escaping bankruptcy with a place to live, it must be devastating.

The thought that the Sandovals are going from serving 4,000 customers A DAY, to a day when they will quite likely get served with papers to take it all away, certainly brings me no joy. Anyone know how many jobs this is going to cost the community? (If the original poster is correct, this is "hundreds" of livelihoods down the drain). No joy here.


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