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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Muertos Kitchen & Lounge owner Shawna Haddad enjoys the downtown Bakersfield vibe and she wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's relaxing and I never feel threatened and there's just such a diversity of people you meet," Haddad said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Haddad has been in the downtown restaurant business for 14 years and has owned Muertos for 16 months. She previously owned the now-closed Fishlips.
Richard Beene, Californian president and CEO, asked Haddad what she thought of First Friday and if it was good business for her restaurant.
"We get a big crowd," Haddad said. "We have about an extra 2,000 people walking downtown those nights and for restaurants it's great because we all do really well."
Along with running a restaurant, for the past five years she has partnered with simulcast host Scott Cox to raise money for troops through Operation Interdependence.
The nonprofit organization provides packages to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries. Donations can be dropped off at Muertos, Haddad said.