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Business briefs: El Portal closes in South Charleston

By From staff reports

El Portal Mexican Restaurant & Grill, 228 7th Ave., South Charleston, has closed, said Bob Anderson, the city's business recruiter.

The restaurant opened in March 2011. "We hate to see them go," Anderson said. "They installed booths from New York along two walls of the dining room. It's beautiful."

Jamaica Cuisine previously occupied the space. The property owner hopes to attract a new tenant, Anderson said.

'W.Va. Made Trade Show' postponed

The third annual "West Virginia Made Trade Show," originally scheduled for today and Saturday at the Days Hotel Conference Center in Flatwoods, has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, according to a prepared statement issued by Matthew Browning, director of communications at West Virginia State University.

A new date for the show will be announced soon, according to the statement.

The show features artisan-made products from around the state. The show's website is

Texas Steakhouse to close Sept. 17

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon at 2815 Mountaineer Blvd., Southridge Centre, is going to close, WSAZ-TV reported on its website.

The television station quoted unnamed managers at the restaurant as saying it will close on Sept. 17.

An employee who answered the restaurant's phone Thursday afternoon said he was not yet allowed to discuss the matter.

A company spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

Dominion places project into service

Dominion Transmission, the natural gas transportation subsidiary of Dominion Resources, announced it has placed its Appalachian Gateway Project into service.

The project transports natural gas produced in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania to storage fields and pipelines in Pennsylvania, where it can be sold to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Thomas Farrell, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources, said, "Combined with our Gathering Enhancement Project, Dominion invested more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to increase the flow of natural gas in the area. This should greatly benefit the regional economy."

The Appalachian Gateway Project involved the construction of four natural gas compressor stations, the upgrading of two existing stations, and the addition of about 110 miles of new pipeline beginning in West Virginia and terminating in Delmont, Pa., east of Pittsburgh.

The Gathering Enhancement Project included two new natural gas processing plants and the expansion of Dominion's Hastings Extraction Plant in Pine Grove, Wetzel County.

Compiled by George Hohmann


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