We had to remind ourselves when El Charro broke the hearts of hundreds of Mexican food fans and closed its Lafayette location due to financial problems caused by the pandemic.
It was late 2020 and, despite the understandable wail of long-time customers denied access to their favorite blue cheese butter, endless chips and Birthday Burritos, hope was restored in December of the following year when the restaurant opened in Walnut Creek under new ownership and in the location formerly occupied by Maria Maria at 1470 N. Broadway.
Bay Area restauranteur Benjamin Seabury seemed committed to restoring the restaurant’s luster, as well as its signature accoutrements.
Loyal patrons reportedly visited the new location in hope of capturing some of its old magic, but that is apparently not to be as El Charro 1947 abruptly shuttered yet again.
Local diners who had visited the old restaurant in its new location complained quietly about the food and the lack of hospitable magic for which the Lafayette restaurant was known. Some privately expressed doubt about the restaurant’s longevity and, apparently, they were right to worry.
We hate to see any business fail, especially in the midst of these daunting times. But it looks like the latest move is for real, and for good.