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Former Casa Grande employees become owners, share their success story

By Melissa Arroyo
For many years, Karen Manzanares dreamed of owning a restaurant and club. She spent hours of the day thinking about every detail and sharing it with her family and friends.
“Even my 22-year-old son remembers hearing about it when he was a little kid,” Manzanares said.
Manzanares said she knew that her passion for music and determination to see her dream accomplished would help her see it through. And now, she has fulfilled her dream: She’s the co-owner of Casa Grande Restaurant & Lounge at 700 Southwest Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo.
Coincidentally, for a year, Manzanares worked at Casa Grande with her brother, Marlon Manzanares, who was the disc jockey there on weekends and increased the number of visitors. He never thought he and his sister would have the opportunity to own it.
“While having lunch with the previous owner one day, he told us he was going to lease the business to someone else,” Marlo said. “When we told him we would like to take over the business, he thought it was a great idea.”
Fast forward to June this year, when Casa Grande opened its doors under new ownership. Although the opportunity to own the location presented itself out of the blue, the brother and sister were ready for the responsibilities that faced them.
Karen said her passion helped her get through the arduous process of paperwork, some remodeling and hearing people tell her that she would not accomplish her dream. And now that she has fulfilled part of her dream of owning a business, she has another dream: keeping the business running.
“The dream has been accomplished, but keeping it afloat is more difficult than getting there,” she said. “Having a good team, as well as keeping our guests happy, is the most important part.”
According to the Manzanares siblings, they wanted something different than a nightclub, so they made every effort to make the location a relaxed, safe environment for their customers. Karen believes the guests have responded positively to the changes, based on her interaction with them and their continued support.
To learn more, follow Casa Grande on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fuegosaturday/.

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Empleados de Casa Grande se convierten en propietarios, comparten su historia de éxito

Durante muchos años, Karen Manzanares soñó con poseer un restaurante y un club. Ella pasó horas del día pensando en cada detalle y compartiéndolo con su familia y amigos.
“Incluso mi hijo de 22 años recuerda que este era mi sueño desde que estaba chico”, dijo Manzanares.
Manzanares dijo que sabía que su pasión por la música y la determinación de ver su sueño realizado le ayudaría a conseguirlo. Y ahora, ella ha cumplido su sueño: es la copropietaria de Casa Grande Restaurant & Lounge en 700 Southwest Blvd. En Kansas City, Mo.
Coincidentemente, durante un año, Manzanares trabajó en Casa Grande con su hermano, Marlon Manzanares, quien empezó como DJ allí los fines de semana y aumentó el número de visitantes. Nunca pensó que él y su hermana tendrían la oportunidad de poseerlo.
“Mientras comíamos con el dueño anterior un día, él nos dijo que iba a rentarle el negocio a otra persona”, dijo Marlo. “Cuando le dijimos que nos gustaría tomar el negocio, él pensó que era una gran idea.”
Avance rápido a junio de este año, cuando Casa Grande abrió sus puertas bajo nueva propiedad. Aunque la oportunidad de poseer la ubicación se presentó repentinamente, ambos estaban listos para las responsabilidades que se les presentaban.
Karen dijo que su pasión la ayudó a superar el arduo proceso de papeleo, algunas remodelaciones y escuchar a la gente decirle que ella no lograría su sueño. Y ahora que ha cumplido parte de su sueño de ser dueña de un negocio, ella tiene otro sueño: mantener el negocio funcionando.
“El sueño se ha realizado, pero mantenerlo a flote es más difícil que llegar allí”, dijo. “Tener un buen equipo, así como mantener a nuestros clientes felices, es la parte más importante”.
Según los hermanos Manzanares, querían algo diferente a un club nocturno, por lo que hicieron todo lo posible para que la ubicación fuera un ambiente relajado y seguro para sus clientes. Karen cree que los huéspedes han respondido positivamente a los cambios, basado en su interacción con ellos y su apoyo continuo.
Para obtener más información, siga Casa Grande en Facebook en https://www.facebook.com/fuegosaturday/.

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