Has Mercadito Midtown Closed? UPDATED

Mercadito Midtown, the taco restaurant that served custom margaritas, has closed. Locations in Chicago and New York remain open.

The website, which still boasts taco Tuesday and happy-hour specials, also succinctly states:

We are temporarily closed, we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you.

See also: Mercadito's Custom Margaritas: Are You Fruity or Spicy? (We're a Little of Both)

The restaurant, which opened in spring 2010, quickly became a go-to spot for tacos, made-to-order margaritas, and Mexican-inspired brunch. Mercadito was especially popular during Miami Spice, when the restaurant offered a deal that includes cocktails and guacamole.

The restaurant's menu, overseen by chef Patricio Sandoval, served solid food, but the real winner was the drinks. With a bar program crafted by the Tippling Bros. (Chicago's version of the Bar Lab boys), the drinks were complex and smoky or light and fruity. Bartenders could even custom-craft a personal margarita by asking a few questions. For that reason, New Times named its margaritas best in 2012.

See also: Best Margarita Miami 2012

Short Order has left several messages with Mercadito Hospitality inquiring whether the restaurant will reopen -- possibly in a different location. We'll update this post when we receive word.

UPDATED: On March 10, Mercadito Miami LLC filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Florida Southern Bankruptcy Court under case number 1:14-bk-15466. The filing notes an 11-page list of 292 potential creditors, which include Publix, Open Table Network, Southern Wine & Spirits, the Internal Revenue Service, and charity Share Our Strength. A meeting of creditors is scheduled for April 9, 2014.

On March 13, Mercadito Hospitality's marketing department sent Short Order the following message:

We had some stuff to repair, but we are not closing for good, we will be opening our doors again in the next week.

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