As one door closes, more open: Canyon sees boom in local bar and restaurant industry

As one door closes, more open: Canyon sees boom in local bar and restaurant industry

CANYON, TX (KFDA) - Drinks are pouring and people are pouring in at some of Canyon's newest businesses, all part of the restaurant and bar industry.

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"The restaurant and bar business is booming in Canyon right now," said Roger Remlinger, Executive Director of the Canyon Chamber of Commerce. "We've added several different places over this last year so the square in Canyon and Canyon, in general, are doing very well."

Some of the newest spots to pop up in the area include the expansion of Joe Taco and craft drink and food spot Recreation.

For one of the Square's newest restaurants, whiskey and pizza spot Barrel & Pie, Canyon's college atmosphere was a big advantage for picking a location to open.

"We decided that because Canyon is a college town, it needed more college town-type places," said Kevin Friemel, co-owner of Barrel & Pie. "A lot of big D1 college towns have lots of great places to eat and drink."

The restaurant has also noticed visitors coming in from outside of the Canyon area.

"We're actually getting a lot of out-of-town traffic, so obviously we're reaching out to people outside of just our community," said Friemel. "We're seeing a lot of traffic from Hereford, a lot of traffic from Amarillo. It's been really great."

However, one of the original bar businesses in Canyon has not fared as well as others.

In the past week, we received multiple reports that one of the original bars in Canyon - Buffalo's Southwest Cafe - had closed. When we checked their Facebook, we didn't see anything about a closure.

After going to the location on 4th Street in Canyon, we went to open the doors and they were locked. The doors also had a sign posted that the restaurant had been permanently closed, along with a notice of lockout for nonpayment of rent.

Since the phone number for the local location is already disconnected, the corporate team for Buffalo's Southwest Cafe released a statement to us, saying, "we are truly thankful to the Canyon community for years of memories and meals together" and "this isn't a goodbye-this is a see you soon" noting that the cafe has recently been acquired by FAT brands.

As for the rest of Canyon's food and beverage industry, officials are confident for its future in the area.

"It's just really grown Canyon into a really neat place," said Remlinger. "It's enabled us to establish a dining district, so this business is doing very well for Canyon."

It will hopefully continue to do well for years to come.

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