Fajitaville, located on Corpus Christi’s North Beach, is closed as its owner hopes to lease the building amid area construction and staffing shortages.
Lynn Frazier, Fajitaville owner, said the restaurant closed nearly a week ago. A notice was posted on the restaurant’s social media pages, saying Fajitaville is temporarily closed and will provide an update on its return to normal business hours soon.
“Corpus Christi, with all the construction, is not friendly to us right now,” Frazier said. “Trying to find help right now with COVID-19… everything is stacked against us.”
Forty-two employees were given a severance package, according to Frazier.
This isn’t the first time Fajitaville has shut down temporarily. The restaurant closed before Christmas and held a job fair where it managed to hire three employees.
“We have some people from Florida and North Carolina interested,” Frazier said. “Whether they come in as a partnership or take the whole thing, we’re going to do whatever it takes.”
Though there’s not an official date, Frazier said the restaurant could reopen before a deal is consummated. He added that Fajitaville is still looking to hire employees, including a general manager and an assistant general manager.
In 2017, Frazier began planning an upscale apartment complex called The Light House — a $24 million project on the north end of North Beach.
Frazier said Fajitaville closing will not affect the development of his other venture, which is now expected to be completed in late April or early May.
The complex needs landscaping, and materials needed for the lighthouse have been affected by supply chain issues. Despite nearly a two- month delay in completion, Frazier said the complex is nearly 65% occupied already with tenants moving in as soon as an apartment unit is finished.
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