Only a few weeks remain to get your taco fix at Lucha Mexican Soul Food. The restaurant, which specializes in modern spins on traditional Mexican fare, will close its doors on Sat., May 25.
Owner Hugo Perez says the restaurant's 5-year lease is up, and the timing seemed right for him to retire after nearly 40 years in the restaurant industry.
"I’ve been in the business for 38 years and I’m hanging it up. It’s time to go do something else – maybe I’ll go wash windows or something," Perez says with a laugh. "I’m walking away from a successful restaurant so I have no regrets."
Lucha's kitchen will close May 25, but the bar will remain open for service through June and July during scheduled performances at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, which is located directly across the street.
Perez has owned Lucha for the past five years but first made his mark on the restaurant industry with the original location of The Grind coffeehouse, which he opened in the Central West End in 1993.
Above all, Perez says he's grateful for the large network of people he's met over his decades in the business. "I’ve been pretty lucky," he says. "I’ve made an awful lot of friends from the establishments. I know of at least two dozen couples who met at my coffee shop when they were grad students and are now married with families, which is pretty quirky."
Perez invites patrons to join in on one of Lucha's last two Taco Tuesdays, which feature $1 tacos from 7 to 10pm.
Lucha Mexican Soul Food, 522 N. Grand Blvd., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.833.9993, facebook.com/stllucha