Abilene Restaurant Closed Down Years Ago, Reopens and Growing

Published 03/26 2014 09:15PM

Updated 03/26 2014 10:25PM

A popular north side Abilene restaurant is growing after opening its doors January.

The Dos, formerly known as Dos Amigos opened for service January 7th after being closed for nearly five years. Over the weekend, they held a grand opening for their bar. Dos Amigos shut its doors after owner Robert Mouser died of a heart attack in 2009.

The restaurant, known for its atmosphere operated for more than 50 years. The news of its closing came as a shock for customers such as Pat Prevost who would visit the restaurant as often as she could.

"I'm from Las Vegas originally so when I used to visit Abilene, I told my family that we needed to visit The Dos," says Prevost.

Patricia Buchanan is another customer who remembered the restaurant as a fun place where you can easily make friends.

"I can go there alone and meet so many people," Buchanan said. "Its been an icon in Abilene and so many people missed it."

Buchanan loved and missed the place so much that she decided to partner up with James Scowden to finance and reopen the restaurant. Scowden has years worth of restaurant experience under his belt, and says it would be a pleasure to bring back an old Abilene tradition.

"It was just an opportunity that fell together," says Scowden. "We wanted to recapture the old Dos Amigos image and atmosphere."

The managing partners kept the same building in tact. They say the menu is relatively the same and implemented minor changes like adding a fireplace in the bar area.

"A lot of people would come in asking if things were the same," says Buchanan. "Nothing major has changed."

What has changed is shortening Dos Amigos down to The Dos. At first, they were unsure if they can still use the former name but figured changing the name might help.

"Everyone always said I'll meet you at The Dos anyways," Scowden said.

The Dos is located 3650 North 6th St. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

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