Back on Dec 9 2012 I wrote a short piece about five new restaurants that opened in Boquete. Three out of five are gone within four months, Los Faroles, Fuzion Grill and El Sazon de la Abuela, pictured below.
The other two Porotos and Cafe and Cacao are still open and hope they have better luck than those who closed. I have still not eaten at Porotos but I have enjoyed excellent coffee at Cafe and Cacao.
The Bistro closed and has reopened with a new chef, again, and at least three more restaurants have opened recently, One Eyed Franks, a German restaurant in San Francisco Plaza and Georges Grill in Palo Alto. I wish all of them success. I have only tried Frank’s and really enjoy eating there, hopefully I will get to the others.
I do have point in this post, the point is that many people move to Boquete and try to fulfill their dreams by turning a hobby into a business, many try restaurants, most fail. I believe the two that failed were owned by local residents. I have seen so many people come, try and fail that I feel obliged to express a word of caution to people who come here and assume they can create a dream and succeed. The restaurant business is very difficult and just because you can cook does not mean you can run a business, equally just because you can run a business does not mean you can run a successful restaurant.
If you are coming here with plans to turn a culinary hobby into a business please do your homework before leaping on the carousel.