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Palo Alto Weekly

News - September 26, 2008


by Daryl Savage

COMPADRES CLOSING STUNS WORKERS ... Compadres Bar and Grill in Palo Alto abruptly closed late Monday afternoon, sending stunned staff members home — some still wearing their Compadres shirts — as General Manager Scott Enos apologized to arriving customers in the rear parking lot. Other would-be customers tried the locked front door, which offered no sign or explanation for the closure. "I'm supposed to meet someone here for a birthday party," one perplexed woman said. The Palo Alto restaurant, at 3877 El Camino Real, had been in business for 23 years and had been rated best Mexican restaurant in reader polls by both the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Daily News. "It's a shock. I still can't believe it," said Enos, who was caught off guard by the surprise closing. "This is not a good time to talk. I'm not prepared," he said. Enos' family owns the four-restaurant chain, founded in 1983 and based in Oakland. The other three restaurants, all initially reported to have been suddenly shut down, are in Oakland, Honolulu and Lahaina in Hawaii. But there were reports that the Honolulu restaurant is still open. There is another Compadres Restaurant in Napa, which is open and is not part of the restaurant chain. The Palo Alto Compadres opened in January 1985 at the site of the former Iron Works restaurant and bar and quickly became an institution in town. While other restaurants came and went, Compadres seemed solid. It was a recipient of the community's prestigious Tall Tree Award for its support of community organizations and events. No word yet on the cause of the sudden demise of the small chain.

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