El Mezon del Cobre will close its doors on Sept. 30, a month after owner Consuelo Medina celebrated the eatery's 23rd year.

Medina made the announcement in a Facebook posting late Monday afternoon — the latest longtime Tucson restaurant to bow out of the market via social media.

Medina late Monday said the economy has played a small role in her decision, but it was not the overriding factor. Last April, she was involved in a car accident on the southside that left her with serious injuries to her shoulder and knee that will require surgeries beginning next month. She said it has become difficult to keep up with the physical demands of running the restaurant that she opened in August 1990.

“My God, it is so hard for me" to close, the 53-year-old single mother of three said.

See the full story in Wednesday's Star.