Elkhart’s ModMex Restaurant announces plans to close at end of September
After just under four years in business, ModMex Restaurant announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, it will be closing its doors for good.
- READ MORE: Retirement, opportunities force ModMex to close, Sept. 15
The Mexican restaurant, located at 1700 Toledo Road in Elkhart, will close Sept. 26, the business announced on its Facebook page.
- RELATED: ModMex Restaurant in east Elkhart stops serving lunch; dinner hours to remain the same, July 23
In the post, ModMex thanked its customers for their support and cited the owners’ desire to retire as the reason for the closure.
Jose Rios and his father Octavio Rios opened the restaurant in November 2011. “One of my dreams was always to open a restaurant with him,” Jose told The Elkhart Truth in February 2012. “We just decided to do it.”
The restaurant’s Mexican-fusion menu was inspired by Octavio’s traditional Mexican fare, California taco trucks and a modern Mexican restaurant called momocho in Cleveland, Jose told the Truth in 2012.
- RELATED: Jose Rios of ModMex makes chicken tinga on Experience Michiana, Oct. 23, 2014
Earlier this summer, ModMex canceled its lunch hours, partly because the owners had little luck hiring new staff. On top of that, the woman who helped manage the restaurant during lunch was offered another job she couldn’t pass up, Jose told Flavor 574 in July.
Moreover, the lunch crowd had been hit or miss despite their efforts, Jose said.
In early August, ModMex put the building up for sale in hopes of moving to a “more central area” at the time, according to previous Flavor 574 reporting.
- RELATED: King in the Kitchen with Mod Mex guacamole, Sept. 25, 2014
After the business announced its closure on Facebook, customers expressed their disappointment in the comments.