Biz Beat

Business Beat: Downtown billiards hall opens at former furniture store site

Families looking for some affordable fun should check out the new Railhouse Billiards.

The downtown Modesto pool hall opened in August in the former location of Elegant Furniture near the Modesto Arch. Renovated and redesigned into a 13-table game room, the space includes a snack bar, jukebox, video games, darts and movie memorabilia.

Husband-and-wife owners Colin and Peggy MacRury of Modesto opened the spot with a family- friendly atmosphere in mind.

Railhouse Billiards, 719 I St., holds weekly eight- and nine-ball tournaments. Its snack bar sells deli sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, chips, soda and bottled beer (draft is coming). A back patio is available for smokers or those looking for some fresh air.

"People love the place. It's family-oriented," said Colin MacRury. "Sometimes families don't tend to talk too much. But if you have a pool table, everyone talks while they are playing. It's just good, cheap fun."

An average one hour game for two people costs $7.50.

Railhouse Billiards is open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday through Sunday. Call 572-4283 or visit

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Another new business hoping to attract cash-strapped customers is Modesto's Super Burrito Factory in the Village One Plaza.

The fast-casual Mexican eatery opened in August as one of the last new restaurants to go into the center. It serves an array of burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, super bowls and sides.

Owner and Modesto resident George Garcia opened the restaurant after years as a financial planner. But he still has his finger on the pulse of economic issues. He offers customers several discounts.

All day Saturday and Sunday he serves a $1 menu featuring $1 tacos, nachos and sodas. From 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday he has a happy hour with 98-cent bottled beer, $1.50 tacos and other specials.

Super Burrito Factory, 3020 Floyd Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call 551-7877 or visit ...

Longtime Modesto Mexican restaurant Fajardo's, 607 Seventh St., has closed its doors.

The restaurant's business license expired in June. Owners Charles and Angela Rangel, who took over in 1999, could not be reached for comment. The eatery's phone number was disconnected ...

The award for best new business name goes to Modesto's A PAIR A' LeGALS, 418 13th St., legal document service.

Get it? A PAIR A' LeGALS, a pair of legals, paralegals. Ah, ha -- now you're with me. Paralegals Linda Brown and Pamela Woods- Fielder just opened the legal document service this month. Together they provide everything from divorce to collection, guardianship, bankruptcies and notary services.

Call 529-7254 (which just happens to spell out LAW-PAL4U) or e-mail

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