After trading for 13 years, Los Amates closed last weekend. The owner commented on Facebook that he had to close for the sake of his health among other reasons. This is a significant closure. As a Johnston St veteran Los Amates seemed impervious to the decline of the Spanish and Latin American precinct, and perhaps continued to do well during the arrival of the current Mexican food trend.

Like The Commoner, Los Amates seemed to transcend trends to represent consistency and quality in a way that builds trust. I can’t remember how many times I ate there. I reviewed it in 2011.¬†Without Los Amates, Casa Iberica is pretty much¬†alone.

los-amates-closed Los Amates has closed

Los Amates has closed

3 thoughts on “Los Amates has closed

  • 31 May 2017 at 8:53 am
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    Bugger, that’s a shame. As you say they were consistently good, and will be sorely missed.

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  • 4 June 2017 at 11:38 am
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    I always wonder why seemingly successful businesses close and don’t try and sell the restaurant and lease?

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  • 9 August 2017 at 4:43 pm
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    probably as rents are being jacked up on market review to unsustainable amounts by landlords who haven’t created the inherent value .
    Hard to sell then too

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