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Cooking up a recipe for success

New eateries hope to buck trend

Kathy Scaffidi, manager of Playa Del Carmenís, stands with her mother and restaurant owner Carmen Scaffidi to greet customers to the new eatery that recently opened on Main Street in Sturbridge. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
March 07, 2010


STURBRIDGE —†People always have to eat, and despite many folks still having a difficult time navigating the less-than-ideal economy, some local restaurateurs are confident that principle will drive people to fill their dining rooms.

Playa Del Carmen's, at the former site of Rom's Restaurant, had a "soft opening" on Thursday, March 4, serving its authentic Mexican fare to a packed house.

"People from town, and Southbridge and the little towns around, they supported us very good," said Jorge Guzman, a native of Mexico City who owns the new restaurant with his wife Carmen Scaffidi.

Guzman said he and his family decided to open the restaurant after seeing the positive response to their first endeavourer, which opened up under the same name in Holden in 2008.

"It's a small town, but people responded to us very well," Guzman said.

Despite the still-wavering economy, in a town full of restaurants, Playa Del Carmen's is the only Mexican-style restaurant. That gives Guzman an optimistic outlook on the future of the restaurant.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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