LOGAN SQUARE — Quiote, the award-winning Mexican restaurant that abruptly closed earlier this month, was evicted after failing to pay $40,000 in rent, according to Patch.
The restaurant at 2456 N. California Ave. was also serving booze without a license in the months leading up to the eviction, Patch reported, quoting court records that were filed in the case.
The restaurant’s legal and financial troubles stretch back to 2017, the year the restaurant opened. Head chef and owner Dan Salls was struggling to pay his debts and satisfy an investor, Patch found.
Salls ran popular food truck The Salsa Truck and the Garage lunch counter prior to opening Quiote in February 2017.
Quiote, which focused on regional Mexican cuisine and mezcal, was well-received by critics and locals alike. The restaurant snagged a spot on Michelin’s coveted Bib Gourmand list in 2018 and earned rave reviews.
An eviction order against one of Quiote’s LLCs came down on Aug. 5 for failing to pay $40,266.55 in rent, according to Patch.
The restaurant closed less than a week later. Salls and his team posted a note to social media, saying they were closing “due to personal reasons.”
“After two and a half years we are grateful for everyone who shared their time with us over food and drinks at Quiote,” the Instagram post reads. “It has been an amazing run, but it is with heavy heart that due to personal reasons, Quiote and Todos Santos have completed their last service on Sunday, August 11th,” the note read.
Salls didn’t respond to requests for comment.