Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vacant Franklin Ave Laundromat Transforming Into ‘Cantina’

A vacant building near the Downtown El Paso Triple-A stadium that made news last year is becoming Blackbird Cantina Deluxe, according to a recently created Facebook page. The property at 533 West Franklin Avenue was home to a former laundromat in the historic neighborhood.
Blackbird Cantina transforms a Downtown laundromat. (
One of the partners in the development of the property, TJ Karam, told local news outlets last year that plans were in the works to construct a 40-unit apartment building at the site. Karam stated that a beer garden was planned for the first level. On Blackbird Cantina’s Facebook page, it is listed as a beer garden.

Pictures at the page show ongoing construction inside and out, with multiple steel containers placed alongside of the existing structure.

The containers have been placed in a seemingly permanent fashion and may be repurposed for use by the bar. No word on the timeline for the project.