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2018 expected to bring range of high-end eateries to El Paso

FILE - Bar Louie

Alluin Group (dba Mount Olympus Enterprises, LLC) has signed franchise agreements to open three Bar Louie eateries across El Paso, with the first set to open by the fall of 2018. With two more slated to open in the town, the franchise is expanding its presence in the Lone Star State, where it is headquartered.

The new restaurant will be owned and operated by the Alluin Group, spearheaded by millennial entrepreneur Arturo R. Alluin, who discovered Bar Louie when he visited Nashville a few years ago and was immediately drawn to the unique atmosphere of the brand. Also involved in the business will be Alluin's father, Arturo G. Alluin, and mother, Ruth Ojeda, marking a true family affair. The family has lived in El Paso for almost a decade and is excited to bring the concept to the Sun City.

Alluin Jr., a graduate from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, will lead the day-to-day business operations, alongside his father, who has significant experience in the franchising industry. Alluin Sr., who is a native of Puebla, Mexico, owned and managed several restaurant concepts across Mexico, including La Baguette French Bakery, TCBY Frozen Yogurt and San Kai Sushi. The Alluin family now resides in El Paso.

"Bar Louie will deliver a fun, entertaining experience while offering great food and amazing drinks to the residents of the Southwest," Alluin said. "El Paso has seen booming population growth in recent years and the city is transforming into a more vibrant and modern community, hungry for stylish and novel concepts such as Bar Louie. The relaxed atmosphere perfectly caters to the desire and we can't wait to see the positive impact our restaurants have."

The group is currently working with a commercial real estate agent to determine the future sites and are considering east, west, and central locations throughout the city. They are targeting areas near retail, offices, sporting event centers and popular city areas. El Paso's Bar Louie will offer local residents a unique gathering place for drinks and dinner with friends.

The Alluin Group has also signed a franchise agreement to open a Melting Pot in El Paso.

Bar Louie is a neighborhood bar and eatery with handcrafted cocktails, a featured selection of local and regional beers with more than 40 taps, unique wines and craveable food in an inviting, urban atmosphere. In addition to delicious specialty martinis and made from scratch food, the El Paso location will play host to what will become weekly rituals for the community, as El Paso will come to expect happy hour specials, live music, and much more. The new Bar Louie establishments are expected to have indoor and outdoor seating and create between 75-100 jobs per location for the local community.

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