Too often, I get wrapped up in a project at the studio and suddenly realize it’s close to 10 p.m. and haven’t eaten dinner.

In Floyd, eating late can be a problem. Most restaurants close by 9 p.m., leaving you with a choice of Hardees or a convenience store sandwich.

The folks at El Charro, the new Mexican restaurent in the basement of The Winter Sun, defied conventional wisdom by staying open until at least 10 p.m., seven days a week. I’ve dropped by at 9:45 p.m. on a weeknight to find their kitchen open and several tables filled.

El Charro has proven that, given a choice, local residents will come by for a sit-down meal later in the evening. Other eateries might want to take note.