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Plainfield Mexican Restaurant Closes; New Eatery Likely to Move In

A downtown Plainfield building is looking for a new tenant.

The former Fiesta Mexicana could soon be home to a new eatery. Credit: File photo
The former Fiesta Mexicana could soon be home to a new eatery. Credit: File photo
Plainfield's Fiesta Mexicana closed up shop before the holidays, but several potential tenants are interested in occupying the restaurant, according to a local realtor.

Village planner Michael Garrigan said the eatery, 24136 W. Lockport St., closed in November after the owners opted not to renew their lease.

"They have several other restaurants," he said of the Chicago-area Fiesta Mexicana chain, "and I think there was a lot of competition from Front Street Cantina" on nearby Des Plaines Street.

Mark Batinick of RE/MAX Professionals South said several potential tenants are looking at the 3,300-square-foot property.

"We've had a lot of activity," he said. While no deal has been finalized, he said the building will remain a restaurant.

The property is currently available for sale or lease, with a sale price of $1.04 million.

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MomofmanyinPlainfield January 16, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Sorry to see this close, they had great food, but not much traffic!
Randy Wayne January 17, 2014 at 07:40 AM
"The property is currently available for sale or lease, with a sale price of $1.04 million." Yeah, well good luck with that...
Megan January 17, 2014 at 08:01 AM
So happy to see this place go!! The last time I ate there there were ants (and not just one or two... A LOT!) in our glasses and our chips. We left immediately and called the health department on them! It's about time the place shut down!!
Vicky Polito January 17, 2014 at 08:56 AM
This is a really good and attractive location, I hope something can get in there and stick. We ate there once in it's current incarnation and it was just so-so in terms of food and decor/atmosphere and the service was not very good, even though we were one of only about three tables. I think it's true that Front Street Cantina was a tough competitor for them, too. It's too bad, though. I know the development team at the village really works on these situations and will try to get a good business to take the opportunity.
M January 17, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Love Mexican food so I ate here several times simply out of convenience and have never been all that impressed with Front Street. Too bad to see another place shut down though. Hope something good comes in. If you haven't already I'd suggest checking out Delicia on Rt 59 & 127th. Certainly not the best food but pretty good. Good luck getting something in this building. Really can't afford any more vacancies in our down town.
JPits January 17, 2014 at 09:27 AM
We went to go to Fiesta this summer - the hours said they were open at the time we went, but it wasn't. So, we went to Front Street instead. I like Front Street for more Americana Mexican-type, but we sure do have a lack of decent Mexican in the Chicagoland suburban area. We do Pizza well, we're just lacking in really good Mexican. The one time I was at Fiesta, I wasn't overly impressed. (Of course, I compare everything to Frontera downtown so I don't think anything will ever win with me). Still always sad to lose a business. I feel for them.
Ronald Grevas January 17, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Knowing Plainfield they will probably approve another Italian Restuarant to give Capri some competition.
Frank January 17, 2014 at 09:42 AM
It's a miracle this place lasted as long as it did. Food and service was lousy. It's a great location with plentiful parking, which is rare downtown, so hopefully a better offering will come to occupy the building.
Jerry January 17, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Remember the guy who was going to open the upscale joint in the old Baci building but backed out because the place needs to be leveled? Anyone bother to keep his phone number???
Colleen Plucinski January 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM
How about a 4th McDonalds?
Lori Bearbower January 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I would love to see an authentic Mexican place with great service and table side made gaucamole. I agree that this place had lousy service, even when they weren't busy! PLUS, you have to have awesome margaritas to make it happen.... which they didn't have.
Mike Keniley January 17, 2014 at 02:52 PM
It is too bad Mr. Lopez closed the restaurant. But, I have to disagree with the before posted critics. The food was good and the service was fine.
Ericus Alanas January 17, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Opening a restaurant in downtown Plainfield is the equivalent of "insert joke here"
Joki2 January 18, 2014 at 09:50 AM
LOMBARDOS come back I miss the stuffed pizza!!!!!
pdl January 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM
I've never driven by the place and seen it open . . . . It NEVER looked open or welcoming. The lights would be on but the place COMPLETELY empty. We tried calling them for a pub crawl in October and never got a call back . . . So 60 of us went to buy drinks and appetizers at Front St. You've got to get the business to keep it.
Dutch-Man January 20, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Return it back to a house, and call it a day. A restaurant doesn't belong in a old house. If you want to put something there that is needed, knock it down and put in a parking lot.
Joki2 January 20, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Good authentic Mexican food is not far away give Don Rafas a try. Located in Crest Hill on Rt 30 south the mall. Don Rafas has 2 other location in the city of Chicago one located on 47 and Kedzie and the other on 18 th and Ashland. Carnitas served everyday!!!

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