One of the staples of Lower King La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant has locked the doors after over a decade on the peninsula. Listed for sale last year, the lease was going for $325,000. The King Street purveyor of free chips, picture menus, refried beans, and Fireball margaritas is gone. Now undergrads and deal-seekers must hold out hope that Korean place Mama Kim’s, Lebanese restaurant Leyla’s, and late night pizza parlor Gilroy’s stand the test of rising rents and overzealous developers. It would be a shame to only have Chipotle, Panera Bread Company, and Mod Pizza as choices for food close to the shopping district.
Yes, LaHa was a chain and yes, the food wasn’t all that great, but it was a part of the downtown community — especially for college students and tourists looking for a cheap lunch or a killer happy hour deal.
The sign in the window of La Hacienda reads, "La Hacienda King St Thank You!!!! To All Our Customer For All This Years We Closed."