After 14 years, the Mexican restaurant Distrito announces its indefinite closure

Distrito is closed for the rest of the summer with no known reopening date. Credit: Samantha Turner

After 14 years of activity, Districta campus favorite Mexican restaurant located at 40th and Chestnut streets, closed for the remainder of the summer, with no known reopening date.

The announcement of Distrito’s closure came abruptly on July 9, according to The Philadelphia Investigator. Distrito posted on his website that “We had hoped to be able to hold out until the students returned in the fall. But the sad truth is that the demand just isn’t there and the restaurant can’t support itself. » In 2018, another Distrito location in Moorestown, NJ firm after four years of operation, just before filing for bankruptcy.

Chef Jose Garceswho holds the title of Iron Chef from the second season of “The Next Iron Chef”, opened Distrito in 2008. Garces founded the restaurant to showcase Mexico City cuisine and culture, with a menu concentrate on the street foods served in the city. Customer favorites include Taco Tuesday specials, like the two $7 tacos and the $10 Milagro Reposado margaritas.

Rising College senior Spencer Rosato worked as a courier and server at Distrito from April 2021 to May 2022, where he has many fond memories.

“What I really liked about Distrito were the people who worked there. We were all friends and had a great time,” Rosato told the Daily Pennsylvanian. “Distrito is a part of the community that we will miss.”

Distrito employees who have lost their jobs will be offered new jobs at the other restaurants in Garces, The Philadelphia plaintiff reported, including The old bar, amada, Village Whiskey, hook and masterand Buena Onda.

Located one block on the west side of campus, Distrito was frequently visited by Penn students. Hannah Liu, a sophomore at Rising College, said she was saddened by the news and felt lucky to have visited the facility before it closed.

“Went there before the Spring Fling concert and the food and atmosphere [were] great! My friends and I had a giant round table and shared a bunch of dishes,” Liu told DP. “I’m really sad and shocked that [Distrito is] closing since I knew how popular it was among students.

Rising College junior Milan Chand was a frequent customer of Distrito, who told the DP that his favorite aspect of the restaurant was its vibrant interior and unique seating, such as Volkswagen Beetle car seats and rotating booths.

“I first went there my first semester at Penn, so it’s always been near and dear to my heart. It’s one of my favorite places to go with all my friends,” said Chand at DP “He’s a staple of Penn, and we’ll definitely miss him.”

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