EAST HOLLYWOOD — It has been about 30 years since Cha Cha Cha opened at the corner of Virgil and Melrose avenues, attracting customers with a contemporary blend of Caribbean and Latino cuisines served inside a colorful, ramshackle storefront and patio. But now it appears that Cha Cha Cha has served its last plate of Jamaican Jerk Chicken and goat-cheese quesadillas.
Postings on the restaurant’s Facebook page said that Sunday was the “last day (for the present) to get your Cha Cha Cha on!”
There was no more information about the closure or about a possible reopening. The property was sold at the end of August for $2.625 million, according to Redfin. The corner lot was promoted as a “development opportunity.”
The Eastsider has contacted a restaurant employee for details.
Cha Cha Cha was opened by Toribio Prado and Mario Tamayo, according to the restaurant’s website. A few years after Cha Cha Cha opened on Virgil, more restaurants opened in Long Beach, Encino and San Francisco. Prado’s nephews bought the original Cha Cha Cha on Virgil in 2003.
In recent years, Virgil has begun to attract other new shops and restaurants, including Jessica Koslow’s acclaimed Sqirl.
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