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Kaycie and Victor Marcial are settling into a new Billings West End space for their Mexican restaurant, El Corral, and they’re looking forward to big changes to grow the business.

“We definitely like it because it’s a lot newer,” Kaycie Marcial, 39, said last week during the lunch rush at 1431 Country Manor Blvd., next to Atlantis Casino.

The Marcials moved July 27 from their former home of nine years at 4907 Southgate Drive, which is now home to 4B’s.

The restaurant was profitable at that location, said Kaycie Marcial, but was unable to get a liquor license at the property owned by Won $800 Casino. The Marcials say they plan to serve alcohol under the Altantis Casino’s license, but they aren’t announcing a date to start service.

El Corral has 11 employees operating in the 1,600-square-foot space, which faces the stretch of Grand Avenue that was widened and improved this summer.

Kaycie and Victor Marcial, 37, launched the restaurant in 2007. Victor is the main cook, making enchiladas, tostadas, chimichangas and other dishes from his native Guadalajara region in Mexico.

His recipes come from his grandmother, Julia Marcial, whose photo is on the front wall, along with other relatives from the old country.

El Corral is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. The restaurants seats 67. The phone number is 839-9073.

Accounting firm moves

A longtime Billings accounting firm has moved to a new home in a growing West End strip mall.

Able Tax and Accounting, formerly Able Accounting Services, moved Sept. 1 to 3133 Central Ave., Suite 3, at the Central Avenue Plaza, according to a receptionist.

The business, owned by Sherman Watkins, had operated for about 15 years in a smaller space at 514 Grand Ave.

Able’s current space was built about two years ago. Central Avenue is best known as the home of Great Harvest Bread Co.’s second location. Other professionals occupy most of the space.

Able Tax is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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