The Downtown El Paso (DTEP) revitalization has attracted a variety of new businesses over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. Because of this, and the constant beat of DTEP activity we try to cover, it’s easy to overlook promising new businesses after they open their doors.
This week the INSIDER highlights a trio of new endeavors that hope to make a lasting impression on your taste buds with both food and drink. Spanning from the Government District, to Union Plaza and ending up in the Las Plazas Arts District near the ballpark, these hopefuls cover some good ground if you want to tour DTEP. Covering lunch, dinner and drinks, scroll down as we introduce you to the the Downtown Deli, 360 Cocina Urbana, and the mysterious Gray Dog.
The Downtown Deli is a little off the beaten track in DTEP but it’s worth the walk/drive. On the outskirts of the Government District on 702 Myrtle, the building has seen its fair share of action. Previously home of the Cozy bar the location was a hotspot for City officials, law enforcement and attorneys. Today it’s home to the family owned Downtown Deli. Patriarch Francis Doonan moved his family to El Paso from the Bronx, New York in 1995. Sons Nicholas and Patrick contribute to the business and serve delicious sandwiches to the DTEP area with FREE delivery. Everything on the menu is freshly made in-house including the grilled chicken and meatballs. Popular items include the Southwest Turkey sub and Philly “Con Queso.” This place is as authentic as they come! Call for FREE delivery at (915) 533-3370 or look them up on Facebook for a menu!
360 COCINA URBANA
For dinner you can visit new restaurant 360 Cocina Urbana in what used to be the Cafe Italia location in the Union Plaza district of DTEP (504 W. San Antonio). Owner and chef Jaime Armendariz returned to El Paso from Nuevo Casas Grandes Chihuahua to expand his restaurant. Business partner and owner of The Cake Boutique, Sandra Vazquez suggested Union Plaza as the perfect fit for the international menu that specializes in seafood and pastas. Patrons that enjoyed the cuisine at the Nuevo Casas Grandes location consistently asked when 360 Cocina would open in Juarez or El Paso? Jaime heard the demand and chose to finally expand. Find more information about 360 Casa Urbana on Facebook.
Top off your night with drinks at the newly and discretely opened Gray Dog on 500 N. Oregon. Managers Pup Campos and John Gaytan say the business decision to make the exterior understated works with the “word-of-mouth” strategy. A strategy that has worked well for the Blackbird Cantina Deluxe in the Union Plaza District. The Gray Dog sits only a block away from the ballpark in the Las Plazas Arts District, but you’d miss it if you didn’t know it was open for business. A simple A-frame sign, reflective glass, a stout wood paneled door, and a clean awning with the Gray Dog logo are the only external design elements. In keeping with the brand, Cocktails are called “Dogtails”and liquor is “Lick-er,” with a commitment to make “good drinks better.” Stop in and enjoy the 80 plus beer selection and “Dogtails.”