Good-Bye Don Pablo’s

Posted: July 15, 2009 in Restaurants, South Bend

Don Pablo’s (in Mishawaka) has closed their doors!!! 

For the past several years its service and quality has been in decline.  It was amazing how empty the restaurant was at peak meal times.

Figured it was inevitable.

My wife and kids loved it (but they also want a puppy – so how much can you really trust their opinion 🙂 ).

Long live Fiesta Tapatia!!!

  1. Dana says:

    NO WAY!

  2. sister says:

    That stinks big time. I loved their sizzling fajita salad. I get cravings for it. That is not cool!

  3. Jennae says:

    I am so bummed!! I loved their salsa and their chili relleno!! And, while this showed their declining business, we grew to love the fact that on a Friday or Saturday night, we could walk in and get a table right away, a blessing beyond words for a family with young kiddos!

  4. alex says:


  5. alex says:

    Go to Mazatlan and you will forget all about Don Pucks’s.

  6. tina says:

    I’m with you, alex. Mazatlan is the best!

  7. Kneip says:

    If only Mazatlan weren’t so far east on McKinley for us south-siders… I mean, getting to Grape is trying enough!

  8. Doug says:

    Ever since they took Steak Tampico off the menu: decline. Viva Fiesta Tapatia!

  9. K. Rex Butts says:

    Wow…that was a good place to grab a bite to eat. I guess in a restaurant saturated culture, those place with declining service will not survive.

    Grace and peace,


  10. Lori says:

    Ricky’s Taqueria in Elkhart puts Tapatia AND Mazatlan to shame. Ricky’s is the best ever hands down!!!!!! Besides that, with all of the road construction on this side of town, you can hardly get to the other places lol.

  11. Ed says:

    Past several years? I’ve bashed their service EVERY time I dined there (not often as a result) since 1998! 11 years of crappy service has ceased evermore!

  12. Jen says:

    I guess I can throw away those coupons now…

  13. humdec says:

    Service was the worst at Don Pablo’s. But I liked the food better than Mazatlan and Tapatia. Nothing beats LA ESPERANZA, nothing.

  14. scmiller says:

    I have huge respect for anyone that wants a puppy.

  15. Glenn says:

    Can we all bow our heads in a moment of silence.

  16. Michael Weinkauf says:

    I used to work at Don Pablo’s in
    Mishawaka. I was there the day they closed down.
    It happened unexpectingly. I cried driving home
    the night it happened. I was friends with everybody there.

  17. Ethan Muse says:

    I was a HUGE fan of this Don Pablo’s in the 90s, but I left the area in 2000 and moved south. For the first few years, a visit to a Don Pablo’s in Texas was a rare treat when visiting the state and in an area that had one. However, my last two visits to a Don Pablo’s showed me how far they had declined in quality, and now I will never go back until I hear that they’ve returned to their roots. One of the original founders of Don Pablo’s is now a friend of mine, and he and I have discussed what happened. When he and his partners allowed it to go corporate and sold it off, it began to die then. Eventually it got to where little or nothing was fresh. But if any of you who read this ever end up visiting the Fort Worth, TX area, I’d recommend a visit to Fresco’s. It is owned by the original Don Pablo’s owners and follows their original vision. It is better than the Don Pablo’s chain has ever been in the past 15 years, and they are making sure it stays that way.

  18. Michael Brown says:

    Regan and David have done some great things, with Fresco’s, however at it peak Don Pablo’s was greatness! Avado Brands destroy something very special.

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