Don Cuco, a well-known Mexican restaurant on Brand Boulevard adjacent to the Alex Theatre, has closed for good, taking many people by surprise.
Owner Blanca Salazar said she made the decision to close the restaurant, located at 214 N. Brand Blvd., after a dwindling lunch crowd, parking issues and a spike in corn prices became too much in the end.
The prominent Mexican restaurant had been losing $20,000 to $30,000 a month, she added.
“I could not cover my overhead,” she said.
The last straw came when city fire and county health officials asked that she make interior upgrades, such as replacing ceiling tiles over the bar service area.
With the restaurant’s financial picture growing more dim, she made the abrupt decision to close. The last day of business was July 24.
The softening business climate in downtown Glendale cut into her lunchtime revenues, Salazar said.
The installation of electronic, multi-space parking meters along Brand Boulevard and a general lack of parking, she said, also hurt her business. Patrons were getting tickets, Salazar said, and they didn’t want to park far away.