Tradiciones: Handmade Tortillas Latest Casualty in Immigration Battle

There's nothing handmade about this tortilla.
There's nothing handmade about this tortilla.

We knew something wasn't quite right today when we walked into Tradiciones, one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.

The music was a little too loud, the servers looked flustered. When our chicken fajitas arrived, they looked different, too.

Then the tortillas hit the table, and we knew something had gone terribly wrong.

One of the best reasons to eat at Tradiciones is the handmade tortillas -- you can watch them being made one by one on grills just outside the restaurant.

Not today. Today the grill was empty and the corn tortillas were the worst kind of store-bought, hard stuff.

We asked around, and learned that almost every employee has left -- from servers to cooks. Something about an immigration audit, one person whispered.

Turns out, there was a federal immigration audit of the Pro's Ranch Market company (owner of Tradiciones) in late April. We missed it, but AZ Family reported on it.

No handmade tortillas at Tradiciones today, the staff told us. And no word as to when they'll be back.  

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