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La Fonda Mexican Restaurant in Tempe to Close

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant in Tempe is closing on November 7.
La Fonda Mexican Restaurant in Tempe is closing on November 7. La Fonda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
La Fonda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina has been serving up affordable Mexican dishes in Tempe since 1967, but those days are coming to an end — for a little while, at least. The restaurant announced in a Facebook post on October 26 that it will close its current location at 1831 East Baseline Road on November 7.

“Our parents, Ray and Janet [Pedraza], will now be retiring,” the post says. “The [third] generation will now keep the 1967 tradition going.”

According to the post, the restaurant hopes to be “up and operating in just a few months or less.” A specific location has yet to be announced.

La Fonda is open for dine-in and takeout from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, through November 7.


Eloise Franklin opened at a shopping center on Scottsdale Road and Curry Road in Tempe. She started with only a dozen tables serving Sonoran-style Mexican food, which was inspired by her great-grandmother. In 2012, the shopping center was demolished and the restaurant moved to its current location.
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