A Downtown St. Louis staple is saying goodbye. 

Mango Peruvian Cuisine announced in a press release today that the restaurant would be closing its doors after 16 years in the city. Chef-owner Jorge Calvo and his wife, Nori, opened the restaurant with the goal of introducing St. Louis diners to traditional dishes from their native Peru, including ceviche, anticuchos and lomo saltado.

"With heavy hearts, we announce the permanent closure of our beloved restaurant, Mango Peruvian Cuisine," Calvo and his family said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the ongoing issues surrounding the pandemic such as a lack of convention and hotel business in Downtown St. Louis, as well as capacity restrictions, have made it extremely difficult to operate in such a large restaurant space."

The last day of service will be Sat., Dec. 19. Calvo and his team invite customers to safely celebrate with them in the meantime by ordering curbside pickup or dining in (due to capacity restrictions, reservations are highly recommended). 

The Calvo family expressed their gratitude for not only the many staff members that have kept Mango going for the past 16 years, but also for the community that supported it. 

"To the people of St Louis and surrounding areas who kept an open mind and let us share our love of food, drink and family, you made our dream come true, and for that, we are forever thankful," the statement reads.

Mango Peruvian Cuisine, 1001 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.621.9993, mangoperu.com