published on October 29, 2018 - 11:07 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Downtown Fresno’s El Torito restaurant closed suddenly over the weekend, informing customers via a note posted on its front door.

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Over the weekend customers were informed of El Torito’s closure by this note posted on the front door. Photo by Edward Smith


According to a Facebook post on the “For the Love of Downtown Fresno” page, the restaurant was open Friday evening, but closed on Saturday, ahead of its popular Sunday brunch.

Real Mex Restaurants owns the El Torito’s chain, as well as Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina and Chevy’s, whose River Park location in Fresno closed at the end of 2016 along with more than a dozen other locations owned by Real Mex, reported the Modesto Bee.

A message left at the Real Mex corporate office in the Orange County city of Cypress was not immediately returned Monday morning.

Real Mex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August, which followed another bankruptcy filing in 2012, according to online publication Eater Los Angeles.

The chain was acquired by FM Restaurants HoldCo – a subsidiary of equity capital firm Z Group – out of bankruptcy court for $47 million, according to online news site Restaurant Business, which also reported that Real Mex had about 68 locations (as of Oct. 1) compared to 128 in 2012.

Despite the closure, the Facebook El Torito local page for Fresno was still posting content as of Sunday. That page stated that some locations did close, but provided no details. A Facebook user commented on the page that two Southern California locations, in Upland and Oceanside, had also closed.

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