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Cantina Laredo closes its doors

August 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM


Cantina Laredo on Sandlake road (Dellagio Plaza) will close its doors on August 21st. 

When we first heard of Cantina Laredo opening without knowing its concept, we were glad to see a style like of Mexican cantina opening up.

On our fist visit we were a bit shocked to see a restaurant with the name "Cantina", known for typical mexican and affordable drinks/food, to be an upscale Mexican restaurant. We knew at that point this would not end well, however the food was great (even though not at times Mexican food) friendly service and who can't forget the table side guacamole!!

While my favorite was the tortilla soup and tacos, I always found the "small" portion of the Tortilla soup to be big enough for a dinner meal.. I never understood this, and was usually full after finishing the huge "small" soup. 


According to Scot Josheph website article " General manager Rick Edwards, who opened the location in 2009, said that the parent company, Consolidated Restaurant Operations, decided to close the restaurant after negotiations with the landlord to renew the lease met an impasse. According to Edwards, the landlord wants to raise rents because of the soon-to-open Trader Joe's nearby, and because of planned homes in the area. "You can't raise rents on assumptions," says Edwards. "I remember 2008 -- there was a lot of building and then it all stopped."


Edwards says he has spent the past couple of weeks trying to find jobs for the 45 workers who will be let go when Cantina Laredo closes. "Almost everybody I've got placed," he says. He, however, does not have a new position yet. The company offered to move him but he and his wife prefer to stay in the area"


Also, we have noticed a lot of deals lately out of that location, as its been a very strugguling location.


We are starting to see this over and over all around Orlando. The high cost of rent has been the main reason for all these restaurants closing.. Makes you wonder that if we had landlords or areas that would not have such high end rents we would have a lot more local restaurants, which is why it seems local restaurants are opening up in not so high end places and hoping people venture out to visit them. Are we bound to only allow high end brands be our neigberhood spots? 


We wish the best of luck to all the staff at Cantina and cudos to Rick for helping out his staff find new employment..

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