Lupita's closed indefinitely

Lupita's Mexican Restaurant is closed "until futher notice" due to a family emergency. (MEGAN HART/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL)

Lupita's closed indefinitely

Sign cites family emergency
July 20, 2015

Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant is closed for an unknown length of time, according to a sign in the window.

The restaurant, 732 S. Kansas, had been closed from July 4-19 while the owner’s family was on vacation. On Monday, the sign in the window had been altered to say Lupita’s would be closed until further notice because of a family emergency.

Co-operator Luis Munoz, son of Luz Maria Munoz, confirmed to The Topeka Capital-Journal Monday evening that the restaurant was closed because his mother is “really, really sick.”

“I’ve just been really depressed over it,” he said.

Luis Munoz said he wanted to get the information out to the public about his mother’s health, and to assure hungry customers the restaurant isn’t closing for good.

Luis Munoz’s brother, Manuel Munoz, also confirmed to The Capital-Journal Monday evening their mother’s health was the reason for the abrupt closing.

“They had planned to reopen (Monday),” Manuel Munoz said.

He said Luz Maria Munoz was hospitalized Friday in Mexico, and Luis Munoz and sister Marilu Borrego both went to Mexico on Saturday to be with her. Manuel Munoz said he and his wife returned Monday from Mexico, since his mother’s condition has stabilized.

“She’s stable, but still not out of the woods yet,” he said. “We thank everyone for the support.”

He said the plan is for Marilu Borrego and Luis Munoz to return to Topeka sometime this week and get things ready at Lupita’s in order to reopen next Monday.

Lupita’s has been owned by the same family for 20 years. Marilu Borrego, daughter of the original owners, took over management of the restaurant earlier this year with help from her brother, Luis Munoz. Her mother, Luz Maria Munoz, was ill, and her brother, Martin Munoz, returned to Mexico, she said at the time.

The Munoz family opened Lupita’s in March 1995. Borrego and Luis Munoz told The Topeka Capital-Journal in March that business had declined during the downtown construction last summer. Luis Munoz makes videos — dubbed “FernieVision” because of his nickname, “Fernie” — multiple times a month to update people on the construction progress and encourage Topekans to come downtown and support the businesses that are struggling because of the construction.

“Then when the constuction started, that’s when I kind of blew it up,” he told The Capital-Journal in August 2014. “I mean, we’re not alone down here in downtown. We’re one big, happy family.”

Martin Munoz in March 2014 told The Capital-Journal in a “Test of Time” article he believes Lupita’s has become a staple of downtown Topeka because of loyal customers who come back for its variety of Mexican food and friendly service.

“It’s not fancy food,” he said in the article. “But it’s home-cooked, fresh daily and consistent. It’s either me or Luis taking orders, too. I think a lot of people appreciate that.”


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