HIGHLAND PARK — El Arco Iris, a neighborhood fixture for more than half a century, will serve up its last platters of enchiladas de mole and pour its final margaritas on Thursday, April 27.
Jesse Gomez, who owns El Arco Iris with his mother, Angie Montes, confirmed the closure after restaurant patrons posted the news on Facebook.
Montes has been busy saying farewell to customers since early February when the family announced it had sold the York Boulevard restaurant and property to a real estate investment firm.
Gomez said his mother, who manages the Highland Park restaurant, was looking to retire and take care of her mother after spending most of her adult life working at El Arco Iris. That’s why he approached Coda Equities about buying the property and business.
“It was a hard decision,” said Gomez, who co-owns Yxta and Mercado restaurants, told The Eastsider in February. “But we felt it was the right one.”
The new property owners in February said they would be looking for a new tenant once the deal is completed. They did not know if any new development will take place on the site.
Montes and her husband, Gustavo, opened a small Mexican restaurant in the 5600 block of York in 1964. The restaurant moved to larger storefronts on the same block as it expanded and became a neighborhood institution serving up classic Mexican-American cuisine and Margaritas in a dark interior.
Since the family announced the closure, many patrons have expressed their sadness in person and online to El Arco Iris:
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