Conyers DDA Names 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
The Conyers Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presented its fourth annual Outstanding Achievement Award to Keish Momin for his efforts in the renovation, expansion and beautification of Las Flores Olde Town Mex restaurant located at 957 South Main Street in Olde Town Conyers.
The restaurant, a building built in 1930 that was formerly a residence, office and coffee shop before it opened as Las Flores Olde Town Mex, was purchased by Keish Momin from local attorney Jorge Flores in 2016. After a year of observing and making subtle changes, Momin decided to make more extensive changes like enclosing the outside deck to expand the dining area. Work commenced in 2017 and the finished product speaks for itself in the form of authentic décor, new tile, furniture, carved columns and doors, LED lighting inside and outside of the restaurant, planters for flowering plants, and a new sound system with a dedicated space for live music in the expanded dining area.
“The Conyers Downtown Development Authority Board is excited to see the transformation of what was already a trend-setting restaurant in Olde Town become even more so with the enhancements Mr. Momin has made to Las Flores,” said former DDA Chairman Daniel Digby. “The attention to detail from the pigskin-covered chairs to the mariachi band sculptures on the corner outside are amazing and really add to the dining experience at the restaurant.”
Momin contracted with a family in the village of Guadalajara, Mexico, to hand-carve columns, doors, tables and a podium for the restaurant. Locally, he contracted with Conyers-based Walker Woodworks for extensive woodwork and trimming during the renovations. Momin noted that the restaurant has increased its seating capacity and has the largest selection of tequila in the southeast.
This is the fourth year the DDA has presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to a business in Olde Town Conyers that has taken great care and consideration with beautification and preservation of buildings in the historic district. Past recipients of the award were Andy Shipp and Steve Carter for their preservation efforts of the Old Coca-Cola building at 882 Main Street, Jorge Flores for improvements to his law office located at 951 Railroad Street, and John Shelley of the Magnolia Assisted and Memory Care facility at 964 South Main Street.
The Conyers Downtown Development Authority was created by the Conyers mayor and city council to be a catalyst for revitalization, promotion, development and redevelopment in Olde Town Conyers. The Conyers DDA Board of Directors consists of Blair Barksdale, Al Chapar, Jr., George Levett, Jr., Renee Marrett, Brandon Mitchell and Keish Momin. The DDA meets the first Tuesday of each month in the city manager’s office at Conyers City Hall at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
***Pictured at the presentation of the award are: (top, left to right) Aracely Ventura and Sara Soucy, managers at Las Flores Olde Town Mex and (bottom, left to right) Renee Marrett, Keish Momin, Brandon Mitchell and Daniel Digby.