Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

New downtown restaurant joins battle to find workers

People may have known the restaurant as Capo’s Villa on the corner of 8th and Central – but the new owners reopened it as Damacios, and they certainly felt the effects of the pandemic trying to open it.

“It’s been going very well so far, we’re seeing a great response from the audience, a great energy and a great atmosphere,” said Gerald Zamora, co-owner of Damacios.

Originally, they wanted to open the restaurant immediately after receiving it in July – to use the outside space – but that didn’t quite go according to plan.

“Unfortunately, because of COVID, processing is only a little slower, on the state side with regard to our liquor license and a few other things. That’s why we had to reset our timeline by inches,” said Zamora.

Then, when they were able to open up, they encountered another problem.

“Staffing is definitely our biggest challenge right now,” said Zamora.

Over the weekend, they were able to get it working by borrowing staff from other venues they own.

“Some of the people here are only here to help out over the weekend, then they have to go back to their hometown, but we definitely need the help,” said Zamora.

However, Zamora said they were encouraged by the number of applications they are seeing now.

“We’ve had more applications in the last four or five days than in the two or three months, and that goes for all of our venues and they’ll be back very soon,” he said.

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