Downtown Edmonds Mexican restaurant El Puerto says it will close March 31

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El Puerto, courtesy Facebook

El Puerto Mexican restaurant announced on its Facebook page that after 30 years at its downtown Edmonds location next to the fountain, it is closing as of March 31.

“We want to thank our wonderful loyal customers over the years,” the Facebook post said. “So please join us one last time before we close the doors on March 31st. It’s been a great 30 years but it’s time to retire El Puerto.”

We’ll have more details on this closure in our Restaurant News column later this week.

25 Replies to “Downtown Edmonds Mexican restaurant El Puerto says it will close March 31”

  1. When a restaurant does not have the volume of business to stay afloat, eventually they must close. Presently there is too big a push for more restaurants in Edmonds, thinking the city will gather more tax revenue. As a result restaurants will be closing at a faster rate because there are too many to stay afloat. Also if we have an economic downturn in the future we will see many empty restaurant store fronts because we invested in too many of them. My advise is to have a variety of businesses in downtown Edmonds to remain healthy.

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  2. This is such sad news. El Puerto has been a favorite lunch spot for years, and staff have always made us feel welcome and at home. I hope someone will pick up the baton and continue the place, but most of all, thanks and happy retirement!

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  3. Very sad news!! Have enjoyed many meals with my family here. The food and service was always wonderful. (Yes, Margarita’s too)

    I hope this is for reasons other than being priced/regulated out of business. It is hard for me to believe people believe Las Brisas has better food, priced more affordable or with better service. (no offense Las Brisas, we’ve given you a chance numerous times and choose something different)

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  4. Online reviews there were mediocre at best. Wishing the owners an enjoyable retirement after 30 years. A great location for a new restaurant venture.

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    1. It is a wonderful thing to retire. To build up a business for 30 years and then have nothing to sell is sad.

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  5. Thank you so much for the memories. Our go to place for decades including right after both our children’s birth. Will stop in for sure to say thank you in person.

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  6. The owners brought a lot of young Mexican men and women here, gave them jobs, taught them English by having them wait tables in their first weeks there, and helped them get green cards, and in some cases, citizenship. Their good food, customer service and stewardship were exemplary. I won’t be going to the other place.

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    1. Hi Donald with the announcement of a new Mexican restaurant replacing El Puerto do you feel this property has been redeveloped and gentrified? I think it is pretty much keeping with the old charm of Edmonds.

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  7. Thank you Dian Hassel for your comments. The family that gave good with warm hearts will be missed. They will see me there every day till closing, the best way to say thank you!
    Ingrid Wolsk

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  8. Man, some folks in this town can make something out of nothing at the speed of light. Maybe the owners are just tired and ready to retire. What is the point in surmising if they were profitable or not and/or disparaging or complimenting their competition in the process. And we wonder why some folks in surrounding communities think we are snooty, exclusionary, and small minded (Except Woodway of course, they just think we are inferior).

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    1. Right on Clinton! I too found many of these comments baffling. Am not in the hospitality business but I know most restaurants don’t make it through their first year (actually, just decided to check that bit of conventional wisdom and it seems to not be true. More like 20% failure in first year). Being in business at such a prominent location for thirty years is a huge success in my book!

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    2. Since you are now the moderator of this site Clinton, you may want to actually read the words used. I specifically used five words, “I hope this is not”. For you to insinuate businesses in Edmonds do not close due to high cost, regulation and taxation, is equal to living with your head in the sand. (see Edmonds Hardware) Additionally, my “snarky” comment about Las Brisas included an apology and actual experience. Let alone, I would be interested to know if your comment about Wooodway should be considered snarky?

      Enjoy your keyboard authority.

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      1. For those who have attended the 3 Practices, I would be curious to know how we can be more respectful in our online discussions?

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        1. Hear, hear! I was hoping this might be limited to a grateful and graceful farewell to a trusted place that has served us well for three decades and that will be missed.

          I hope no one from El Puerto feels hurt by the squabbling.

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  9. Thanks MY EDMONDS NEWS for your service to all of us who travel so we can get the news online. Wherever we are.

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  10. If having a little fun here is “snarky”, then I’m guilty as charged. I’ll take being called “moderator” of the site as a complement . FYI, I have told the publisher to feel free to delete anything I have to say here if it crosses the line of being disrespectful or inappropriate. Some of that is, of course, in the eye of the beholder and hard to gauge. I trust the publisher to be the final arbiter of all this.

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    1. I think that is the difficult part of commenting online. What may be one person’s intent at humor maybe not been seen that way in writing — thanks for clarifying!

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      1. Having been peripherally involved in some pretty lively comment threads here, I must say that I’ve been very pleased with the comment moderation. Guess I might not be seeing some of the really vile stuff, but I very much enjoy the spirited, and at times pointed, discussions you enable. Thanks!

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  11. We loved popping in to this place for nachos and margaritas. Especially during the Farmers’ Market. Sad to see them go. Thank you for all of the years of great food and service.

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  12. I will miss the friendliness and laughter, and nachos and cervesas at El Puerto. My friends and I always felt welcome there. Best wishes to all the El Puerto family in their new venture!
    Hope to be able to be there on the 31st for a warm farewell. Buena Suerte mis amigas y amigos at El Puerto!

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  13. Viva Mexico, used to be at Echo Lake. Moved to Mukelteo. Great Authentic Mexican food. Come on down. Thanks for the good memories.

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  14. Nooooooo!.. My husband and I have so enjoyed getting to know Ramon and Olivia and their wonderful waitstaff over the past 30 years. I loved reading Dian Hassel’s comment about the family providing jobs and helping young immigrants new to our community. That warms my heart.
    I will miss El Puerto and their warm hospitality very much. Enjoy your retirement Ramon and Olivia!

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