Ten Questions for…

Sep 2, 2015 by Dona Hurley

Cindy Hall and Mike Riggs are owners of Latitude 31 which they opened August 28, 1998. The restaurant and sports bar is the large yellow building on the left as you are heading into the Old Port on the hill across from the anchor monument.

1. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

Creative, ambitious who can’t sit still – maternal and family oriented whose two children Alex and Jenna are everything to her. Energetic initiator and participant in many community events and projects

2. When and how did you first discover Peñasco?

First moved here at age 11 when my mother and step-father decided to relocate here from Phoenix and they bought a home in Cholla Bay community. For a brief time I lived with my father in Oklahoma and moved to Peñasco full-time at age 15.

3. What enticed you to locate here?

When I was a Junior in high school, I had the option to move back to Oklahoma to complete my education but decided Peñasco was my home.

4. What was your biggest challenge when adjusting to life here?

No stores!

5. How do you fill your days?

Up and at it early because the children start school at 7:00 and 7:30 am attend Zumba classes then on to the restaurant or projects at the craft shop. At 2:00 pm, it is back to “Mom” time!

6. Besides here, where do you think of as home and what do you miss about that home?

After 30 years here, it would have to be Peñasco, but I do miss the easy-going country life of Oklahoma.

7. What was your job/career path before moving here?

My job/career path has been wide and varied –after finishing high school here attended one year of college became an X-ray technician but have always been involved in multiple restaurant endeavors including the Reef, JR’s and Marachi’s.

8. What here always brings a smile?

Beach “sun gods” and the elderly.

9. If you were to leave, what would you miss most?

The beach and the “take it down a notch” atmosphere.

10. What one thing would you say to convince someone to relocate here?

Most people either love it or hate it, so first rent a place. Puerto Peñasco has a welcoming small town feel.

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