Gonzalez Y Gonzalez (Closing to become a Chipotle)
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UPDATE: From commenter Andrew on EATER
Hi, I work with the folks at Gonzalez and ARK Restaurants and just to clarify, the lease issue was never about renewing or not renewing. ARK/Gonzalez was beholden to a decision made by a judge (not the landlord) based on bids made by ARK/Gonzalez and Chipotle. Neither ARK/Gonzalez nor the landlord had anything to do with the decision. Thanks,
We get our fair share of emails from people that love nachos and want to share something magical in the nacho realm. Then, there are super heroes that come to us with things like nacho art and album nachos. And it brings a tear to my eye when I finally meet them. Last night, I finally met Bradley of both those works and we ate nachos.
It was suggested by our waitress that we eat Nachos Locos with carnitas, pickled jalapenos, three cheeses, chile de arbol salsa, pico de gallo, and lettuce. She asked if we could handle a little spice and we’re tough, so we did. When we got it, we found a smallish dish with covered with lettuce, to our dismay. The chips were crisp, but lacked a salty flavor, making me wonder if these were hard shell tortillas broken gently. But the carnitas and jalapenos gave each bite a meaty and hint of spice flavor. I would like to say I’m mad there was no guacamole or sour cream, but we were well aware of the lack of it so I’m not mad. I probably wouldn’t get these again, but I’d like to try the other nachos and the Happy Hour is nice.
As we sipped on our free margaritas courtesy of checking in on foursquare, we asked the waitress why the place was closing. She told us, that for the past two years Gonzalez & Gonzalez has been in having trouble with their landlord. So, after 21 years of business (and they were BUSY), Gonzalez Y Gonzalez is closing because of all things, Chipotle came in and is taking the space. That blows.