Aztecas Restaurant wants to stay open until 1:30 a.m. in Hacienda Heights

You could say that Jose and Javier Gonzalez went from the frying pan into the fire. The two brothers have worked in construction their entire adult lives, and now they are trying their hands at the restaurant business. They’ve left a recession-plagued business to one in which 9,000 businesses fail every year.

Talk about two tough industries. But the daunting task of owning and operating a Mexican restaurant hasn’t stopped them. With business stagnant, the brothers are taking a new approach for their new restaurant, Aztecas Restaurant and Bar.

After investing about $110,000 in the establishment on Hacienda Boulevard and Gale Avenue, they’re ready to bring in late-night live entertainment and beer and wine to boost business, said Jose Gonzalez, co-owner.

“We have stagnated this whole year,” since opening in January, he said. “We are hoping by adding live entertainment we’ll add business.”

At first the Gonzalez’s plan to keep their restaurant open Thursday through Sunday nights until 1:30 a.m. didn’t sit well with some members of the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association. But the advisory board to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has ironed out its differences with the restaurant owners.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story AZTECAS

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