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New eatery to open in FD

Construction on Pancheros building will begin Monday

April 26, 2013

A new restaurant is coming to the Fifth Avenue South corridor. Pancheros Mexican Grill is set to open in October, said co-owner Jim Bir....

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Apr-29-13 6:13 PM

In rural Iowa its usually quantity and price over quality, but I think seafood was a lost cause in Dodge, ColB. Some combination of amnesty and IRS's payout of illegal Child Tax Credits to filers for nieces and nephews residing abroad - now running $4 billion+ annually - may make Pancheros' case different.

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Apr-29-13 6:50 AM

Last time I ate at a Panchero's, the $5 burrito was a meal in its own.

But then again, it could be like the new Maid-Rite in town - I like everyone other one of those except the FD store - too skimpy on the meat here. Last year, Wendy's and Taco Tico decided to stop serving tomatoes for a while. Mineral City changed their bread, and quit putting fixings on their dinner salads. Fort Dodge residents are pretty much used to the owners trying to save a dime.

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Apr-27-13 2:23 PM

That's what I'm afraid of too Bigslik. It's not out of this world pricey but, who in FD is going to pay $5-$6 for a burrito when you can get a full meal at Taco Tico for the same price one block away? In Ames & Iowa City Panchero's seemed to do it's best business after the bars closed and since most of the bars in FD are downtown, that probably removes that element too. I think it will be busy for the first few months to a year like all other new places in FD but, over the long haul, I'm afraid it could end up closing in a few years.

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Apr-27-13 11:39 AM

The history of Ft Dodge supporting nice, but pricey, restaurants hasn't been the best. Personally, I wish we would have supported Red Lobster better. I've never eaten at Panchero's but if the colonel thinks it's going to be pricey, chances are it won't last. And I'm not holding my breath on the downtown redevelopment, even though that would be nice.

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Apr-27-13 10:14 AM

Great news for Fort Dodgers and visitors...the Corridor project has certainly been successful in bringing the city new choices! The coming Holiday Inn Express will also greatly compliment a booming area of FD! Would be nice to see Kohls become the anchor of a strip center of new "choices" east to 31st St. Now, let's take the first step in downtown redevelopment and get going on the Crosstown Connector project!

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Apr-27-13 2:29 AM

It would be awesome if it was the original style Panchero's instead of the current version. I think this is a little out of the price range of Fort Dodgers over the long run if a Red Lobster couldn't make it but, we'll see. Should put a Jimmy John's in the rest of the building.

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