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La Fiesta closes near West Acres, but another Mexican eatery is planned for south Fargo

A Casa Mexico restaurant is being fitted out in the former Moe's Southwest Grill, which closed earlier this year.

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La Fiesta Mexican and American Grill, 1109 38th St S., Fargo, is seen Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. The restaurant has been permanently closed.
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FARGO — The La Fiesta Mexican & American Grill near West Acres has closed, but another Mexican option is on the way for south Fargo.

La Fiesta's closing was announced online and on the front door.

“To our Beloved customers, we are sad to announce, we have officially closed our doors of business,” a sign taped to the restaurant’s front door reads.

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A sign announcing the permenent closure of La Fiesta Mexican and American Grill is seen Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, at the south Fargo restaurant.
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“But we have good news. Our restaurant “Casa Mexico” has the same menu and same amazing food. They would love to have you as a customer.

“Thank you for your support all this time. We appreciate you. So sorry for inconvenience,” the sign said.

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A similar, shorter message on the restaurant’s website confirmed that the closure is permanent.

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Owner Sergio Aguirre, reached Tuesday, Sept. 6, said that the lease was up on the La Fiesta building 1109 38th St. S. and that he decided that rather than renewing, he would close the restaurant. La Fiesta had first opened in early October, 2019.

Aguirre is now focused on opening a Casa Mexico in the former Moe’s Southwest Grill spot at 2511 Kirsten Lane S., Fargo.

He said he plans to open the new restaurant in the next few weeks.

“We’ll open as soon as we can,” Aguirre said.

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A Casa Mexico restaurant is being planned for the former Moe's Southwest Grill store in south Fargo, seen in this Aug. 24, 2022 file photo.
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Aguirre is a successful restaurateur, operating outlets for more than 30 years in the region and elsewhere.

He opened a Casa Mexico restaurant in November 2019 in the Time Square East mall at 4900 13th Ave. S.

His other holdings include a Casa Mexico in East Grand Forks, Minn.; La Carreta Mexican Restaurants in Bismarck and Jamestown, N.D.; El Toro Mexican Restaurant in Wahpeton, N.D., and restaurants in Alabama.

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In June, the ownership group of the south Fargo Moe’s, Focus Brands, told The Forum that the closure of that shop was temporary. However, the restaurant never reopened.

That part of south Fargo is also home to a Chipotle Mexican Grill, which opened in March of this year at 3061 25th St. S. That opening gave Fargo three Chipotle shops.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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