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Lewiston restaurant’s fate unknown after owner’s arrest

Posted Sept. 24, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — The fate of a local Mexican restaurant whose owner was arrested this week was unknown Friday.

At Hacienda El Patron, the windows were dark, the parking lot was empty and the restaurant’s phone rang unanswered.

Owner Guillermo Fuentes was arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens and hiring unauthorized aliens after raids in Mexican restaurants in Westbrook, Biddeford and Waterville. His brother Hector was also charged.

“Williams Fuentes” is listed on the restaurant’s website as Hacienda El Patron’s owner, along with business partners. Guillermo Fuentes is listed as restaurant manager in city records and the owner as an entity named Hacienda Del Patron Inc.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark said Friday the Lewiston restaurant wasn’t part of Wednesday’s raid.

According to a news release from Clark’s office, Guillermo Fuentes owns The Fajita Grill in Westbrook and his brother owns the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville and Cancun Mexican Restaurant II in Biddeford. They were arrested after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Labor.

A post on The Fajita Grill’s Facebook page Friday afternoon said it had closed and hoped to reopen next week.

Fuentes was freed on bail Thursday, according to an official at the Cumberland County Jail.

Hacienda El Patron on Lisbon Street was formerly Margarita’s.

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