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Whatever happened to Manuel's Restaurant in Ajijic?

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Manuel's closed in Ajijic over a year ago. Could be two years. Apparently the writer didn't get his facts.

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It's been at least two years and I heard he had opened a restaurant in Baja. Guess he has moved on from there. Always hope for greener pastures.

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It's been at least two years and I heard he had opened a restaurant in Baja. Guess he has moved on from there. Always hope for greener pastures.

Or maybe he has been steadily working in progressively better markets.

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When he was here it was good, very good. That Dallas menu smells and looks divine. Lobster Lasagne, yum!

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Not to be picky here, Atlas, but if it had been "many", he'd still be there. Like Laurent.

What it gets down to is whether there are enough people who both like AND can afford the tab at a restaurant often enough to pay the overhead..

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We would have 'liked' the food, but the 'tab' predictions prevented us from trying such places.

There are only so many at Lakeside with deep enough pockets to support expensive restaurants.

Soon, we'll be back to the 'old standbys' who have both good food and reasonable prices for all three demographics; Locals born here or long time resident Mexicans, Tapatios and Expats. The bulk of the 'tourists with money' are Tapatios & they tend to frequent places with fewer Expats, with a few exceptions. Restauranteurs would be wise to do more 'market research'.

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Not to be picky here, Atlas, but if it had been "many", he'd still be there. Like Laurent.

What it gets down to is whether there are enough people who both like AND can afford the tab at a restaurant often enough to pay the overhead..

Sometimes yes, sometimes not. Both of these chefs are young and quite talented and both were offered opportunities that were too good to pass up. I applaud them both for moving forward and focusing on their careers and the well being of their young families.

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This is not the end game for a good chef, this is a growth step. Let's just hope there is a line of them peeling off from where they are presently to head this way. Maybe the two who have left will send someone promising.

As for costs, once a week for two equals 2 1/2 medium priced lunches out at a sit down, not roadside. Its choices mostly. As it should be.

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