We hoped the rumors were not true. But, sadly, we have confirmed that El Tepeyac is closing. May 24 will be the last day of business for the beloved Salvadoran and Mexican restaurant popular with chefs, among many others.
This marks the first time that an entry into The Charlottesville 29 will close. And, it has nothing to do with the restaurant’s food, service, or popularity. Rather, according to Maria Gracia, who runs the restaurant with her parents, their landlord decided not to renew their lease because a business next door wished to expand into the restaurant’s space. After a search for another venue found nothing suitable, El Tepeyac was left with no choice but to close. While Gracia said that she and her parents are sad to see the end of this chapter, they are “so thankful for the wonderful support from the Charlottesville food community over the years.”
The good news, we are told, is that the restaurant may one day regroup and find a space that meets its needs. But, there is no guarantee that will happen anytime soon, if at all. In the meantime, even after closing, El Tepeyac’s food will still be available via catering! To inquire about having El Tepeyac cater your event, email email@example.com or call (773) 398 7857. And, follow along their Facebook page for more details in coming weeks. It’s not just delicious food, it’s also a great way to support a family-owned business without a home.