Tacos Atoyac in Phoenix Has Closed Indefinitely

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Heather Hoch
Tacos Atoyac in Glendale.
According to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page on Friday night, Tacos Atoyac in Central Phoenix has closed its doors indefinitely.

The restaurant, owned by Oaxacan Pablo Lopez and Chilean-born Dan Maldonado, opened in 2010 and has become known as one of the Valley's best places for excellent, affordable street-style Oaxacan food -- think, tacos, tamales, and a "heavenly mole."

See also: Havana Cafe in Phoenix to Close After More Than 25 Years

The post stated simply that "Tacos Atoyac will be closed indefinitely."

The restaurant provided no other information about why it has closed or if/when the owners plan to reopen. Chow Bella has reached out to the owners but has yet to hear back.

Maldonado and Lopez met while they were both working at Phoenix's Moon Valley Country Club, Maldonado as a sous chef and Lopez as a dishwasher. The two became friends when Lopez introduced Maldonado to his homestyle Oaxacan cooking and eventually became business partners when they opened Tacos Atoyac.

The restaurant is a favorite with Valley food lovers, who flock to the no-frills Mexican street-food joint for the juicy grilled lengua, luscious pork al pastor, and tlayuda -- a dish reminiscent of a Mexican pizza made with a dinner-plate-size crunchy tortilla covered with a bean spread.

This loss to the Valley food scene comes on the heels of the closure of decades-old Karsh's Bakery, which shut its doors for the final time on Wednesday, March 26. The restaurant had been in operation since the early 1960's and closed due to increased competition and lack of business. On Monday, March 31 Coronado Cafe in Phoenix will also close. That long-time Phoenix restaurant is being renovated by former-Kai chef Michael O'Dowd.

Stay tuned for more details as we get them. In the meantime, we'll have our fingers crossed that Tacos Atyotac will reopen -- and sooner rather than later.

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Location Info

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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49 comments
Cliff Geschke
Cliff Geschke

Holy #$%& !! I didn't know it closed until i seen this post!!! I'm so sad now!!!

Chad Austin
Chad Austin

You guys run around reporting about how bad it is to eat out and now you get surprized to see places closing?

Sue White
Sue White

tacky. opportunist. irrelevant.

Sal Teenuts
Sal Teenuts

Cindy Fraire THNX BUD FOR MAKING ME FOOD DEPRESSED!!! LOL

Cindy Fraire
Cindy Fraire

Sal Teenuts Joylene Pantoja Dottie Mendez

Taryn Michelle Rogers
Taryn Michelle Rogers

No no no...I would drive all the way from the East Valley for their food :::(((

Ryan Bendele
Ryan Bendele

What??? I was just there the other day....

Carla Flores
Carla Flores

Thanks Cliff Geschke for telling us about this gem. Delicious tacos. Hope it's not permanent.

Michelle Turner
Michelle Turner

Have u seen the bar at Carambas Mexican food on 67th and bell? Amazing margaritas! Not at all expensive! They have great tacos too!

Oliver Sandoval
Oliver Sandoval

America's tacos is overrated try Nuevo Tacito on 33rd ave and Van Buren great tacos and burritos one of my favorite

Jim Grant
Jim Grant

I love the burritos served late night weekends next to Charlie's on West Camelback. And America's Tacos on 7th Avenue north of Indian School.

Oliver Sandoval
Oliver Sandoval

I have been craving Atoyac for 2 weeks and every time I went it was closed and now I know why :(

Greg Watson
Greg Watson

I used to go there after drinking next door !!!! bummer great food

David James
David James

Still hoping it's just some weird biz issue, and not some family emergency. TA was one of a kind. Still bummed.

Vern Weglightner
Vern Weglightner

But Vern's Water Well is Still Open Over 23 years now in Glendale Az Over 100 Shaved Ice Flavors and over 25 flavors of Thrifty Ice Cream!!! That does suck for Taco Atoyac never got to try them.....:(

tepidresponse
tepidresponse

We went to this place twice during its media darling days. The first time, I drank the Koolade and raved about it myself. After the second time, though, it struck me that, all-things considered, Tacos Atoyac offered little better than a so-so experience. The food was solid but not spectacular. The place itself was a shack at best; a borderline sh**thole, if truth be told.

Listen, I get the whole muy authentico experience. There's something to be said for that. Still, eating on the extreme cheap in a space with no more charm than the average outdoor shed really didn't do much for me. The vibe was pretty much vagrant, and the vittles couldn't overcome that for me.

 Sorry, Tacos Atoyac. Getting my grub on with you just seemed too gritty a proposition for my tastes.   

wheredaVBhosbeat
wheredaVBhosbeat

meh, it was a solid enough taco joint, but after driving there on three separate occasions, only to find a note on the door saying that they were closed for a "family" event or a catering job or something, I gave up on them. It was a 40 minute round trip drive to go there, and like the tacos atoyac people, I have a family and job to attend to as well and limited time to waste on the mere possibility of purchasing tacos. I'll just stick with la frontera on 16th st and van buren, they're always there, always open and always have great food. it may be twice as far of a drive for me, but it's a sure thing.

Gwynne Heiser
Gwynne Heiser

k cosa? unacceptable... we have to eat more locally to keep business like this afloat

Paul Benjamin
Paul Benjamin

You forgot to mention that Havana Cafe on Camelback just announced that it is closing too.

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