Tallahassee’s La Fiesta is shuttering its doors after 30 years in business

La Fiesta
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, which has been open since 1989, is closing because its owners are retiring.

One of Tallahassee’s staple restaurants is saying “adios” after more than three decades in business.

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant is closing its doors for the final time this Saturday. The business has been serving Tallahassee residents since 1989.

The owners, Pedro and Jana Hernandez, announced their decision via a Facebook post that has received over 1,000 likes or other interactions and 670 comments wishing the couple the best of luck. The pair said they are closing because they are ready to retire and see what life has outside of the restaurant business.

“It’s not about labor shortages, or inflation, or anything like that. It’s just about us being tired, and ready to take a well-earned break,” they wrote in their statement.

They said they are proud of what they accomplished in Tallahassee.

“We started with a modest-sized restaurant and were able to grow into the beast of a restaurant that we know today. We have passed every milestone that exists in our industry, and that’s an amazing feeling,” they wrote. “We made it to the end and have nothing left to prove. Being able to step away at a time like this, when business is at an all-time high is an amazing feeling.

One of the many commenters on the post said she is sad to see the restaurant go.

“You have simply the best Mexican food in town. I compare everyone else to you guys because you are simply the best,” she wrote.

One commenter said the restaurant was where she and her husband went the night before her first son was born. Another reflected on the many memories they built there.

“So many birthdays, family/friend dinners, and date nights since we first came in in 2001. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, service, and cheese dip,” she wrote.

The owners encouraged any of their patrons to pop in and say “hola” before the restaurant is closed forever.

“The love and commitment that you showed my La Fiesta family over the last 30 years is overwhelming to even think about. I’ll forever look back on my memories of the restaurant with great fondness, and I hope you do too,” they wrote.

Tristan Wood

Tristan Wood graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with a degree in Journalism. A South Florida native, he has a passion for political and accountability reporting. He previously reported for Fresh Take Florida, a news service that covers the Florida Legislature and state political stories operating out of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. You can reach Tristan at [email protected], or on Twitter @TristanDWood

One comment

  • David Hawkins

    April 25, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    I would like to see several of the Employee’s step up and take it over. They could run it and pay the Owners a Royalty each month for 5 to 10 Years to use the Name.

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