The Old Mexico Restaurant on Five Mile Road in Livonia will be permanently closed, serving classic Mexican food.
The last day of customer service will be Sunday, said Nick Preece, an employee who answered the call on Thursday.
The building’s lease has expired, and the owners are ready to retire and relax, Preece said. Sandy Langsdorf, the current owner of Old Mexico, could not be reached for comment.
Customers posted on Old Mexico’s Facebook page how much they loved the place, how sad it was about to close and how they were going to miss it. Many customers also posted about their last stop to dine in Old Mexico. Preece confirmed the restaurant had been overcrowded since it was discovered that it was closed.
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On several online review sites, recent reviews of Old Mexico are mostly favorable. Some praised the place for the quality and consistent food. Reviewers also praised Old Mexico for its reasonable prices, including a reasonably priced lunch menu and generous portions.
One of the most popular dishes in Old Mexico is Bob Talbert Quesadilla. Bob Talbert, who died in 1999, was a longtime Detroit Free Press columnist.
Preece describes the popular menu item as Shredded Chicken and Red Sauce Quesadilla, served with spinach and melted Muenster cheese.
“It’s one of the most popular quesadillas and a very popular dish,” says Preece.
This restaurant has been around for about 45 years and has been owned by Longsdorf for the past 20 years.
The former owners of Old Mexico Livonia are Vicki and Ramon Castaneda, who also own the Old Mexico location in West Bloomfield. The original Old Mexico branch was located in Detroit’s Old Redford area, while the Livonia branch opened in the early ’80s. According to their son Tim Castaneda, the Castaneda family still owns the Livonia building.
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At his West Bloomfield location in the late 1980s, Tim Castaneda put Bob Talbot quesadillas on the menu.
“I used to make a weekly taco special in West Bloomfield, and the week I was doing spinach and chicken, Bob Talbot came in and ate,” Castaneda said.
In a 1997 column, Talbot described quesadillas as “large toasted flour tortillas stuffed with chicken, spinach, and cheese…it’s served with guacamole, gallo and sour cream.” , not rice and beans.”
He also complimented Old Mexican Ranch Sauce.
The old Mexican restaurant at 28407 Five Mile Road in Livonia will serve the last customer on Sunday and close at 8pm
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