FORT MYERS, Fla. - Downtown Fort Myers continues its economic recovery with the opening of a brand new business and more on the way. Last week, Los Cabos Cantina opened their doors and offered downtown diners Tex-Mex and tequila.
"We've been very busy since we opened up. Probably busier than we expected to be," said owner/partner, Nils Richter.
Richter is part of a downtown hospitality group. Together with three other businessmen, he's helped revive downtown Fort Myers and the Old Fort Myers Country Club clubhouse with creatively-themed restaurants like The Edison and Ford's Garage.
"We want to give people more options and give more people more reasons to come downtown. If everybody does better than we all win," he said.
Richter has seen restaurants fail in this area, but says it's a case of operator error.
"You see restaurants running downtown for long time, like the French Connection and Spirits of Bacchus. They've all been here. So if you do a good operation the you will succeed.
Spirits of Bacchus has been successful for nearly a decade. Owner Ben Dopp says he welcomes the competition and thinks it will benefit everyone.
"I think it's great for all of downtown to have options. I think it's adding to business as a whole and they're doing a good job," Dopp said.
Los Cabos Cantina hired around fifty people to work at the restaurant. Close to 100 people will work at The Firestone Grille and Martini Bar.