By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
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.
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