Coco Loco, a mainstay in the Lindbergh area since 1988 closed this past weekend. A family operation that had become a favorite amongst locals, served Cuban and Caribbean cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. I'm told that a substantial increase in rent at the Marshall's / Office Depot anchored shopping center was the main reasoning for the closure. A restaurant representative reached for comment this week informed me that they plan to reopen elsewhere in the future but made it sound like it would be no time soon.
Last month, Fatburger, a few doors down from Coco Loco closed its doors as well. The reasoning for their closure was more dismal sales than a would be increase in rent from what I'm told.
Some may recall Havana Sandwich Shop, another family owned Cuban establishment, that burned down in 2008 and was reopened by two separate family members in two separate locations in 2009 and 2010. Havana Restaurant opened in Crossroads Village at Clairmont Road and Buford Highway in late 2009 and The Havana Grill opened in Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway in early 2010.
What's your favorite Cuban eatery?