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Turlock’s Dos Coyotes restaurant closes abruptly in Monte Vista Crossings center

After a little more than a year, the coyotes of Dos Coyotes Border Cafe are howling no more in Turlock.

The Santa Fe-inspired Mexican food restaurant in the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center closed abruptly April 1. The small Northern California chain has other locations in the Sacramento and Bay Area. But the Turlock spot was never able to attract a large following.

Owner Ray Hussain, who along with wife Shamiya Hussain also owns next-door PizzaRev, said the restaurant was not doing enough business to survive.

“It was just not enough community support,” he said. “It wasn’t doing financially what it should have been doing.”

The Hussains and their partners own the building that houses both Dos Coyotes and the adjacent PizzaRev, which will remain open. The site was constructed specifically for the two restaurants.

Ray Hussain said he does not know what will go into the former Dos Coyotes space yet. The dining area has seating for 174 inside, and outside a covered patio is shared with PizzaRev. When Dos Coyotes opened in 2017, it had a staff of about 50.

This was the first, and so far only, Dos Coyotes restaurant in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. The closure was announced on the business’ Instagram feed. The post read:

“Unfortunately Dos Coyotes Turlock is permanently closed. Thank you to the loyal patrons and members of the community who visited our restaurant. We would love to continue to see you at our other establishment, Pizza Rev!”

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Marijke Rowland writes about new business, restaurant and retail developments. She has been with The Modesto Bee since 1997 covering a variety of topics including arts and entertainment. Her Business Beat column runs midweek and Sundays. And it’s pronounced Mar-eye-ke.
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