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.