LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) — A family-owned Mexican restaurant in La Jolla that was a local favorite for 52 years has officially closed its doors.
On Monday, crews began clearing out Su Casa Mexican restaurant on La Jolla Blvd. The restaurant, known for its margaritas and fresh guacamole prepared at the table, opened in 1967.
"I feel like I'm losing a lot of my own history. It's really sad," said longtime customer Eric Lind.
Lind estimated that he and his family ate at Su Casa roughly 200 times since the 1970s.
"It was just the food, the hospitality, and the ambiance. Everything about it, the whole package, it was just special," he said.
On Facebook, dozens of customers posted farewells and memories.
"My now-husband of nearly 25 years asked me to marry him after dinner at Su Casa on June 17, 1994. You're part of our story," one woman wrote.
A note posted on the door of the Spanish-style building said after more than half a century, the owner and the restaurant "are ready to retire." The owner told the La Jolla Light he was seeking a buyer for the property.
The City Council approved a mixed-use redevelopment for the site in 2017 that would include housing and commercial space.
Several employees worked at the restaurant for decades. A GoFundMe collecting money for a server who worked at the restaurant for 47 years had raised more than $2,000 as of Monday afternoon.