Las Cazuelitas de Tucson, off the Grant Road exit of Interstate 10, closed on Tuesday.


Las Cazuelitas de Tucson locked its doors after serving lunch on Tuesday, ending a nine-year run at the Grant Inn, 1365 W. Grant Road, on the eastbound side of Interstate 10.

But owner and founder Abelardo Frisby, in a posting on the restaurant's website, said he is looking for a new location. He could not be reached for comment today.

Grant Inn owner Kevin Park said the restaurant’s closing came a day after Park temporarily closed the hotel. Park said he stopped accepting guests Monday and did not reopen until Friday to give himself a few days to sort out the business’s finances.

Las Cazuelitas started on Tucson’s south side in 1998 and had grown to three locations by 2010. The Grant Road restaurant was the the lone survivor after the other locations closed within months of one another in 2011.

In addition to the restaurant space, Frisby ran the adjacent 15,000-square-foot events center used for weddings, graduation parties and quinceañeras. Park said he and Frisby have agreed to work together to honor events booked into the center.

See the full story in Saturday's Star.