Taqueria mini-chain the Little Chihuahua will close its Mission District location on Sunday, August 23
The Little Chihuahua, a California meets Mexico mini-taqueria chain with four locations across SF, will close its eight-year-old Valencia Street restaurant this weekend, a spokesperson tells Eater SF via email.
That location opened in fall of 2012, with owner Andrew Johnstone telling Eater SF that his business was ready to get into the ring with the Mission’s multitude of taquerias, saying then that “Valencia Street is hot right now. We’re excited to be a part of the energy.”
However, “operating there was not sustainable after the pandemic hit,” a company spokesperson tells Eater SF. Unlike the chain’s other locations, the Valencia spot closed completely at the beginning of the pandemic, and didn’t reopen to serve customers until mid-May. That wasn’t enough to keep the business afloat, it appears, as “this Sunday, August 23, after eight years we’re closing the Valencia Street location in the Mission for good,” the restaurant’s spokesperson says. (Hoodline reported on the same statement on Thursday.)
Takeout and delivery remain available for the Little Chihuahua’s other locations on Divisadero, in Noe Valley, and on Polk Street, its spokesperson says, all of which “are thriving and successfully positioned to make it through the pandemic business climate.”
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