New business in the Five Points area gains momentum amid pandemic, city’s program eases some traffic problems
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Businesses in the Five Points area are seeing temporary improvements the city has put in place to address traffic issues, while aiming to encourage more pedestrian activity in a safe manner.
Currently, barriers and barrels are blocking the right lane of N. Piedras Street (between E. Yandell Drive and Tularosa Avenue), slowing traffic and providing more outdoor space.
A new local restaurant in the area was able to open to the community in mid-February and hopes to see more business as well as safety measures in the Five Points entertainment district.
“We just wanted to add something different to the area, so our food is totally different from any other concept in the neighborhood,” said Rico Velez, owner / operator of Fowl Mouths EPTX.
Fowl Mouths is a new local grill and bar located in the Five Points area. After opening amid the pandemic, Velez said there were a few challenges before. “Our biggest hurdle, of course, was just trying to make sure we were following the mandates and then, of course, getting our permits approved because the city was still operating during its COVID hours. So it was a bit difficult to get everything working, but it was a great and smooth process once it all started and it wasn’t a big deal.
Recently, the city of El Paso implemented improvements to the traffic control plan, which is part of the “Sun City Safe” program, which aims to provide economic assistance to businesses affected by COVID-19 in this region. zoned.
It also provides additional outdoor space and on-street parking, while reducing the speed of traffic in the area.
“One side becomes a parking lot, the other side is an extension of the patios for the bars. It slows down traffic a bit and the city is going to do that for about a month and then decide if something is going to stay permanent, ”Velez said.
He urges drivers in the region to remain vigilant day and night, but also hopes for further improvements that will improve safety.
“We definitely need more crosswalks, we need more lights in this particular area, especially in the entertainment district because it’s very dark at night,” Velez explained. “There are a few lights that are out. The city has repaved the crosswalks, but that’s nothing compared to big cities. “
The city of El Paso says these improvements will be in place until May 23, unless they are extended for a month.
Fowl Mouths EPTX is located at 800 N. Piedras St. The restaurant offers take out, delivery and dinner on site.