After 97 years, one of Tucson’s oldest restaurants is closing. Lerua’s Fine Mexican Foods, is closing its location at 2005 E. Broadway Blvd. on Saturday, January 19. There are no special events planned, but it will be open all day.
According to an article by Tucson Foodie, they are closing the location, and plan to open in the upcoming future. No plans have been made yet.
They have been negotiating with the city for over 30 years and the Tucson City Council just signed off on purchasing the building for $615,000. This is according to an Arizona Daily Star Article. This situation wasn’t an ideal situation for the family, who wanted to keep the location. This is part of the cities plan for the long-awaited Broadway Boulevard expansion project.
Lerua’s opened in 1922, establishing a local reputation for its’ green corn tamales.
While Lerua’s hasn’t figured out where to relocate yet, owner Mike Hultquist is planning on re-opening sister restaurant El Torero in early February after they closed in December due to co-owner Brad Hultquist’s sudden illness. To follow the evolving story of Lerua’s, you can go to their website or instagram