Mexican restaurant Fiesta Cancun in South Bend closes its doorways

Fiesta Cancun on South Bend’s southside closed in late January after homeowners say the property was bought.

After a tumultuous historical past, native Mexican restaurant Fiesta Cancun in South Bend has closed its doorways.

Proprietor Jose Felix Ramirez stated the restaurant closed about two weeks in the past and, by Thursday, the as soon as intricate and colourful inside of the Mexican restaurant on town’s southside had been ripped out, with furnishings and kitchen shelving positioned close to the dumpster outdoors.

Ramirez stated he didn’t intend to shut the restaurant, however homeowners of the 4502 S. Michigan St. property bought it to make approach for brand new improvement.

“We didn’t make any plans to shut; the homeowners simply acquired a superb provide for the constructing and he bought the property,” Ramirez stated. “It might be a gasoline station or one thing else large, however it received’t be a restaurant anymore.”

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Broken-down furniture is placed outside of Fiesta Cancun on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in South Bend.

Damaged-down furnishings is positioned outdoors of Fiesta Cancun on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in South Bend.

In response to the St. Joseph County assessor’s workplace, the property deed for the southeastern nook of Eire Highway and Michigan Avenue was signed on Jan. 28 from South Gateway Holdings LLC to 4502 S. Michigan St. LLC and bought for $2.75 million. A consultant of South Gateway Holdings stated they weren’t at liberty to reveal what’s going to change into of the property however would move The Tribune’s inquiry to the proprietor, who’s at present out of state.

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Fiesta Cancun opened its South Bend location in 2016, reworking the previous Hibachi Grill constructing into an genuine Mexican restaurant full of hand-carved décor depicting tales of Mexican heritage.

In this 2016 Tribune photo, a look inside Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

On this 2016 Tribune picture, a glance inside Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant. Tribune Photograph/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Nonetheless, the restaurant handled a slew of well being penalties and violations throughout its tenure, briefly closing a month after it opened, and was positioned on probation in early 2020 after the well being division discovered a number of essential violations throughout two separate inspections prompted by buyer complaints.

In June 2021, the restaurant was briefly closed once more for well being code violations that the well being division’s director of meals providers, Carolyn Smith, stated fell into the classes of improper worker hygiene and unsafe meals temperatures. A number of days after being closed, the restaurant reopened after passing its follow-up inspection “with flying colours,” stated Dr. Bob Einterz, the county well being officer, in June.

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In an interview on Thursday, Smith stated the restaurant’s everlasting closure was information to the well being division and a latest inspection “to my data, has nothing to do with their closure.” Ramirez additionally stated earlier well being points have been resolved and never associated to the closure.

Now, Ramirez stated he’s “completed with eating places,” citing challenges with staffing and stress associated to their operations.

Fiesta Cancun Mexican restaurant in South Bend has closed its doors.

Fiesta Cancun Mexican restaurant in South Bend has closed its doorways.

“I am drained within the eating places,” he stated. “We had a variety of problems with the kitchen, ready employees and dealing a lot for the final six years, so I do not need any extra eating places.”

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