Oaxaca Restaurant & Cantina has closed -- again. But this, time, it looks like the downtown Phoenix Mexican restaurant and 30-year-plus landmark near the state Capitol has shuttered for good.
Oaxaca first closed in August 2011, when its former owners, the Verdugo family, were forced to go through a trustee sale. A month later, the restaurant re-opened as a bank-owned property of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., the lender of the original owners, who hired back many of the restaurant's staff and kept Oaxaca's menu, including its popular calabacitas, intact.
A note left on Oaxaca's windows had this to say:
"To Our Valued Customers:
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After many years of providing excellent food and service, Oaxaca Restaurant & Cantina is officially closing our doors at the end of business on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
Thank you especially to our many loyal and valuable customers. We wish you the very best in 2013, and are truly grateful to have had the privilege of serving you.
Sincerely, Management & Staff, Oaxaca Restaurant & Cantina"