PDX tequila bar proof of rebounding economy

Owner Danny Sandoval pours a drink at his tequila bar inside PDX, May 8, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Owner Danny Sandoval pours a drink at his tequila bar inside PDX, May 8, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Want proof of a rebounding economy? Business owner Danny Sandoval points to tequila.

Owner Danny Sandoval at his tequila bar inside PDX, May 8, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Owner Danny Sandoval at his tequila bar inside PDX, May 8, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

He owns Sandoval’s Tequila Bar on the C Concourse inside PDX, which he touts as the largest airport tequila bar in the country. More than 200 different types of tequila line the shelves and he said it’s a perfect mix for travelers’ tastes.

“It’s amazing to see what a magnet it’s become,” he told KOIN 6 News. “People just walk up and look and be in awe.”

While the drink is the draw, the real boost comes from an increase in passengers who are traveling more frequently and have more disposable income.

“It’s enabled us to hire more people. We’re getting ready for the summer travel, so we’ve brought in more people, our staff gets larger. It works for everybody.”

Sandoval has had a restaurant inside the airport for years, but the economic downturn wasn’t the right time for a tequila bar. With support from the Port of Portland, he’s poured his heart and soul into the blend of travel and tequila.

“If you look at all these bottles,” he said, pointing to the shelves, “most of them have all been tapped into, which means they’re after the selection.”

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