Tortilla Republic Closes Suddenly, Fishbone Hoping to Swim In


By Diane

Tortilla Republic Laguna Beach abruptly closed with locked doors and a simple note this Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. Their note to the public stated that “Due to the recent influx of Mexican restaurants in Laguna Beach, it has become unsustainable for Tortilla Republic to continue operations.”

At my last count (and thanks to my readers), there are 14 “Mexican cuisine” restaurants remaining in Laguna Beach (not counting franchise Taco Bell), most of which have been in play for several years. The recent opening of South of Nick’s just a few doors south of Tortilla Republic, however, might have sounded the death knell.  (This, of course, purely speculation.)

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