Food era ends with closure
AN era had ended for Bundaberg food lovers, with the Mexican Border closing its doors for the final time last Sunday night.
Restaurant owner Dan Wick said the decision was not taken lightly.
“When we bought the restaurant, we were newlyweds. Now that we have children, it is more important to keep our weekends free to spend quality time with them,” Mr Wick said.
Mr Wick, who ran the restaurant for more than six years, had been hoping to sell the business as a whole, but was having difficulties in the tough economic climate.
When approached by a buyer to purchase just the building, Mr Wick said he felt it best for his family to take the deal.
Mr Wick said the new owners of the building were planning to open a new restaurant featuring many styles of Asian cuisine.
The business itself is still for sale.
“I’d love to see it continue. If someone can open it in another location we would be happy to help them get started,” Mr Wick said.
The family-run business employed one full-time employee and about a dozen casual staff.
Mr Wick said the only full-time employee had already managed to find work elsewhere.
The restaurant had long been one of Bundaberg’s favourite dinner spots, first opening in 1981.
Mr Wick said he and his wife understood how important the place was to the community, spending the past two weeks thanking their regular customers before the doors shut.
“We invited many of them in for a free meal to say thank you for their support, and to show them how much their business has meant to us over the years,” he said.
Mr Wick, who cooked at Mexican Border, said there were a number of things he was going to miss about the restaurant.
“What gave me the most pleasure were the sounds of the restaurant and people having a good time on a busy night,” he said.
Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce president Ron Bishop said it was becoming more common for people to choose their lifestyle over business, but that every business that closed had an effect on the area.
“This is unfortunate for a business of this sort to close. The Bundaberg business community is very resilient and will always pick back up,” he said.