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Roy Higgins, bartender at El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina in Chandler, said he enjoys serving drinks because of the great group of people he serves on a daily basis. But the job has been, at least, a small part of his life since early on.
“It got me through school, actually; through college,” Higgins said.
He recounted washing dishes in New Jersey as a teen and has “always kept a foot in the business.” After running his own personal training nutrition business for 10 years, the birth of his son and an unstable economy meant Higgins needed to seek more dependable work. That work was back behind the bar, this time at El Palacio, where he has worked for five years and managed for the past four.
“The people that come in are great,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing how many people I’ve met just standing behind that bar.”
El Palacio may well be a classic example of success in family-owned restaurants — a small chain that started in Bullhead City and now includes five other locations in the state, as well as one in Nevada.
“It’s family. Working for Anthony (Serrano) and the family, it’s fantastic,” Higgins said.
But what Higgins said he enjoys most is the great group of regulars that come in to El Palacio on a daily basis.
“It’s nice to see that when you work hard, people notice it,” he said. “It makes me happy, all the individuals that come in and come back. I’d like to say thank you to the people who took time to vote for me.”
Martin Zatarin, El Palacio
2950 E. Germann Road
(480) 802-5770 or EPFamilyRestaurants.com
Brent Paliga, Bourbon Jacks
11 W. Boston St.
(480) 664-1738 or BourbonJacksaz.com
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A Valley woman recently received recognition for volunteering her time with a charity with a deep reach in the East Valley.
Author Jeb Rosebrook is one of Arizona’s biggest literary advocates and his new book, the first in nearly a half a century, finds him right where he left off — in fine form.
Former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, the chief sponsor of Arizona's hard-line law against illegal immigration, has resigned a top leadership position in the state Republican Party after he was criticized for remarks advocating mandatory contraception or sterilization for people on Medicaid.
I was giving a short tour to a colleague from California recently. We drove down Rio Salado Parkway and Apache Boulevard, went past Arizona State University and the Biodesign Institute, stopped at Tempe Town Lake and strolled down Mill Avenue. I showed him the projects under way and described those planned. At the end of an hour he turned to me and said, “Wow! You really like your community.”
It is very likely that at some point in your career, you are going to have to quit your job. I never believed that I would be writing an article on “How to quit your job,” but over the past decade, I have seen some negative results affect my clients because they left their employer in a negative manner.
A Mesa woman is contesting a misdemeanor citation for failure to keep her dog on a leash 6 feet or shorter. But the citation may not be as much of a problem as the actual law itself.
Highland coach Pete Wahlheim may be biased, but he thinks Hawks senior Josh Chadwick is the best running back in the state. It would be hard for Mountain View coach had DeGrenier not to think so, too, after Friday night.
The most important part of Friday night at Thunder Stadium happened at 5-yard line of the south end zone when the stadium was nearly empty.
Two hours before kickoff on Friday, the homecoming festivities were in full swing. Pop up games, music, and refreshments lined the Mountain Pointe parking lot. Students, dressed in the theme of the night, USA, milled around waiting for the gates to open.
Democrat Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey sparred on several issues during their first gubernatorial debate Wednesday in Chandler.
In what could be the first crack in the state's ban on gay marriage, a federal judge on Friday ordered the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Green Valley resident Fred McQuire as his legal spouse.
It was 13 years ago Thursday when terrorists attacked the United States after gaining control of four commercial airplanes. Two planes struck and took down the World Trade Center in New York; the third damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Passengers of that flight, United 93, fought the terrorists in an attempt to regain control of the plane.
Hold those individuals running for election responsible for removing the litter of advertising posters they stake at every intersection months prior to Election Day. For each poster still in place the day after elections, the candidate will be charged $10 per day, per poster, until the litter is removed. I believe there is a penalty fine in place for littering, and this situation qualifies as littering.
Nearly three out of four registered voters didn't bother to cast ballots for any of the primary races.
A hearing is set for a New York man charged with threatening two national TV commentators via Twitter over their coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial.
Expectations for an Arizona team have never been higher than they are for the Desert Vista girls squad. The Thunder ended Xavier’s six-year run of state championships last year and lose just one runner who ran at the state championships. Barring an epic string of bad luck, the Thunder should win their second straight state championship, with Xavier and Highland battling it out for second. But Desert Vista has its sights set on becoming the first Arizona team to earn a trip to the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland in December.
In Division I, the boys team race is wide open, which favors the traditional power teams that have a large number of athletes in the program. That means look for Desert Vista, Highland, Mountain View and Corona del Sol to occupy spots in the top 5 this year. Individually, Corona del Sol’s Marcus Wheeler is the top returner. It’ll be interesting to see how Wheeler adjusts to running solo after a year of running with (or just behind) teammates Nathan Rodriguez and Ryan Normand. The trio finished 1, 2, 3 at the state meet a year ago, and Wheeler gained a lot from training and competing with his older teammates. Can he match that this year as he takes over the helm of the favorite? That’s the biggest question going into the season.
A new support mechanism for the community will provide support for those who are in crisis, and their family members who see a problem but may not know where to turn. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department recently teamed up with Crisis Response Network (CRN) to offer the “Prevention Action Line” (PAL) and will establish a PAL Response Unit.
most surprising of reasons — it was understandable if the Gilbert Tigers didn't know which way to look.
The sky was a mix of pink and blue Friday night as the clouds loomed in the distance. And the Desert Vista Thunder rolled through the North High Mustangs by a score of 58-6.
Tyree Shivers could have been bitter; he got better instead.
An east Mesa church received a $5,000 grant to fund its ministry for beleaguered individuals.
Saying Diane Douglas is “promoting a sort of a paranoia,” former state schools chief Lisa Graham Keegan, elected as a Republican, is backing Democrat David Garcia for the top education post.
When East Valley residents are looking for a brief getaway to decompress and escape the sweltering summer heat, they usually turn their eyes northward to the cooler climes of Prescott, Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim. However, they’re doing themselves a disservice if they chose to ignore our neighbor to the south.