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Downtown El Paso film café dealing with ongoing closures due to plumbing issues

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The owner of Aaron & George's Film Café told ABC-7, they were forced to temporarily shut their business due to ongoing plumbing problems.

Douglas Winter, the co-owner, said the issues started last August. He said his business continues to flood frequently.

"Like it literally is flooding every day. And when you see inside and you got to hold your nose," he said.

Winter said plumbers have repeatedly found excessive wipes, trash, magazines and large items in the drain.

They had no other option but to close due to the "unsafe and unsanitary" environment.

"It's already hard to do. This is not like a high traffic area. It's already hard to do business. And me and my my wife and I, we were doing very well for a very quiet street."

Winter said his landlord has been very supportive during this time. And they are also thankful for the community's support.

"'People were yelling, When are you opening again? You know, people are waiting for us to open again, but we can't," he said.

Winter said they are hoping to reopen in March.

A spokesperson with El Paso Water said, "Property owners are responsible for maintenance of wastewater lines on their property. We want to remind customers that toilets are not trash cans."

The City of El Paso said an inspection crew found one building nearby had a code violation. They did not specify what that violation is. But a city spokesperson told us, they still need to inspect the building where Aaron and George's film cafe is located.  

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