Before shuttering in 2008, Mexican dive La Rondalla (Valencia & 20th) was affectionately referred to across the webs as a “Rosarita crack den” and a “diarrhea factory,” but it was nonetheless a beloved neighborhood hang with cheap drinks and lots of Christmas lights. We’ve been hearing for over a year now that sisters Betty and Luna Barrios were trying to reopen their father Carlos Barrios’s restaurant, since he never chose to lease it out, and renovations have been proceeding really slowly by all accounts. But Eater now brings word that that a reopening is close! By June at the latest, they say.
The elder Barrios has been suffering from some ill health, which may be partly to blame for how long the place has been closed. He inherited the restaurant from his parents and rant it for over twenty years, and now his daughters who grew up in the restaurant playing waitress, will give it new life.
Look for them maybe to open ahead of schedule by late May, though things have not moved quickly with this place by any means. So let’s just say “summer.”