The Times West Virginian

Business

July 28, 2013

Dos Hermanos II: Fun time, great service

FAIRMONT — At Dos Hermanos II, customers can expect to experience a fun time and great service during their entire visit.

Business partners Mike Carkin and Donato Turcios opened the business in Fairmont at 1228 Country Club Road, in the plaza with Big Lots and 84 Lumber, in June. The restaurant celebrated its grand opening with the community about a month later.

Dos Hermanos II has an extensive, eight-page menu features a variety of Mexican cuisine. Customers can find tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and fajitas, as well as steaks and seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes. Some Italian meals are also offered, and the venue has a full-service bar.

Carkin said his vision was to create a modern Mexican restaurant that was a little bit different. Dos Hermanos II features bright colors, like oranges and reds, and he and Turcios would like to display artwork from local artists and help them sell their pieces.

The response has been great from the public, and people in the area are still learning that Dos Hermanos II exists. The word is continuing to get out about everything they offer, Carkin said.

So far, customers have been really happy with their meals as well as the service that they get at the restaurant, Turcios said.

“Everybody absolutely loves the food and the customer service,” Carkin said. “We have high standards about our food quality and our customer service.”

Dos Hermanos II wants people to be greeted with smiles when they walk through the door and feel welcome, he said.

Turcios said they get many repeat customers. One group of diners has already eaten at the restaurant 14 times since it opened.

Ten employees help run the restaurant, and Carkin said the staff is a big part of what makes Dos Hermanos II special.

For about three years, Turcios and his brother Israel have been operating the original Dos Hermanos, which means “two brothers” in Spanish, in New Martinsville along the river. This location, called Dos Hermanos at the Yacht Club, is very well known.

They wanted to open up another restaurant and offered a business partnership to Carkin, who had previously worked with the family.

Carkin thought the venture would be a fun and unique experience, and he knew it could be successful. He said he likes to cook and had wanted to be involved in a restaurant someday.

After scouting potential sites in the area for the new Dos Hermanos II, Carkin and Turcios found the building in the plaza off of Country Club Road.

Because that space was previously the home of a different Mexican restaurant, the motif was already set. Plus, the owners liked the fact that Fairmont is a college town, and the overall demographics of the city fit their target market.

In addition to creating a new color scheme, Carkin and Turcios had to bring in some new kitchen equipment to get the restaurant ready for business. The space is pretty large, measuring 3,200 square feet with seating for 112 people.

Carkin and Turcios, who both live in Fairmont, have been focusing on ways to bring in new customers.

They are planning to soon hold their first Latin dance night, with a dance instructor who will give lessons at the beginning. If their test night goes well, they would like to offer the dance event regularly.

Carkin and Turcios also want to organize poker runs for motorcycles and automobiles. They’re sponsoring a poker run on Saturday, Aug. 17, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, called the “Make-A-Wish Aloha Poker Run.”

Registration starts at 10 a.m., with the cost of $20 per rider and $5 for an extra poker hand. The run will start at 12:15 p.m., and the event will also include a meal, live entertainment and drink specials.

“We’re just trying to be a community-based restaurant,” Carkin said.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 681-404-6033 or visit Dos Hermanos II on Facebook.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

1
Text Only
Business
  • Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive

    For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.

    July 22, 2014

  • Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.

    July 22, 2014

  • Morgantown’s housing expenses exceed national average

    The housing prices in Morgantown are driving the city’s cost of living above the national average, a new survey reports.
    John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics’ Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), explained that the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) orchestrates data collection in 288 cities across the country.

    July 20, 2014

  • JA Used Furniture-JB.jpg J.A. Used Furniture has valuable variety

    J.A. Used Furniture in Fairmont carries items that people need — all at low prices.
    Owner Ron Dray officially opened the doors of his new business, located at 10 Locust Ave., toward the end of December. He explained that the “J.A.” initials in the store’s name stand for the names of his two granddaughters, Jordan and Adriauna.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Backbone Security, T&T Pump Co. among 37 state companies recognized

    Two Marion County companies were recently celebrated for their continued successes in exporting.
    Backbone Security and T&T Pump Co., both in Fairmont, were among the 37 West Virginia companies that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council recently acknowledged for expanding their business to new parts of the world. An awards presentation was held in Charleston on June 24.

    July 13, 2014

  • All Things Herbal-JB.jpg All Things Herbal health and wellness shop

    All Things Herbal Local Market is a one-stop, health and wellness shop.
    Owner Christa Blais officially opened her new business in downtown Fairmont at 327 Adams St., across from Veterans’ Square, on June 6 during Main Street Fairmont’s First Friday event.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3-D printing continuing to revolutionize manufacturing

    As 3-D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing continues to stay at the forefront of this technology.
    RCBI has three Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers, located in Bridgeport, Charleston and Huntington.

    July 6, 2014

  • Blackheart International -JB.jpg Blackheart International bringing high-quality services

    Blackheart International, a firearms manufacturer and provider of logistics and training solutions, is bringing high-quality services to the local community.
    At the beginning of April, the company moved from Philippi, where it had been located since 2005, to its new home in Fairmont.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

    Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.

    July 3, 2014

  • State unemployment rises, but more actively seeking work

    Although the latest monthly statistics show a higher unemployment rate for the state, the good news is that more people are actively looking for work.
    The Labor Market Information unit of WorkForce West Virginia’s Research, Information and Analysis Division recently published the May 2014 labor force estimates for the state.

    June 29, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Business
House Ads