Por Favor Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Ending Its Run In San Diego's La Mesa

June 26, 2024 

After five decades in business, Por Favor Mexican restaurant is ending its run in San Diego's La Mesa and will soon become a new concept from the owner of nearby Farmer's Table.

Guadalupe, Gabriel and Lupe Marrujo opened the original Por Favor Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in the heart of La Mesa Village in 1974. They eventually opened a second location in El Cajon. The family-run restaurant gained a loyal following for its menu of classic and regional Mexican fare.

Following a 50 year run in La Mesa, Por Favor will serve its last meals on Sunday, June 30. The El Cajon branch will remain in business. 

Upon closure, the 3,500 square-foot space at 8302 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa Village will be taken over by Alberto Morreale's Alba Restaurant Group, which also operates area eateries like Farmers Table La Mesa, Farmers Bottega, Limoncello, and Smokey and the Brisket. The unit will receive a full remodel to become a new, yet-to-be-named restaurant concept. 

Morreale has long been a partner of Vincenzo Loverso's San Diego Dining Group, but the duo reportedly parted ways recently. San Diego Dining Group owns and operates a variety of restaurants around the county, including Greystone The Steakhouse, Osetra The Fishhouse, Osteria Panevino, Saltwater, Rusticucina, The Butcher's Cut, Breakfast & Bubbles, Allegro, Farmer's Table, InPasta, Zama, Truffle Neighborhood Cucina, Roman Wolves Cucina Romana, and the recently opened Vincezo's. Other partners in some of San Diego Dining Group's establishments include Antonino Cusimano and Marco Provino. 

San Diego commercial real estate group Location Matters represented both the buyer and seller in the transaction for the Por Favor Mexican restaurant space.