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Holy guacamole! Downtown Minneapolis says goodbye to Mexican joint

Downtown diners have been dealt a blow by news that Mexican eatery Rosa Mexicano has closed its Minneapolis location.
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Downtown diners have been dealt a blow by news that Mexican eatery Rosa Mexicano has closed its Minneapolis location.

First reported by the Business Journal on Tuesday, the restaurant's closure has been seemingly confirmed by the sudden removal of the Rose Mexicano Minneapolis page on the chain's website.

The restaurant in the City Center building is a popular haunt for spectators during downtown parades including Pride, but it seemingly found it harder to attract diners in on a more consistent basis.

The Business Journal reports it opened in the fall of 2011 in a spot formerly occupied by TGI Fridays and took up a high-profile location on the corner of 6th St. S. and Hennepin Ave.

It was a part of the City Center building, which the Journal notes suffered another blow earlier this year when Italian restaurant Il Foro shut down.

According to WCCO, the spate of downtown restaurant closures over the past year, which includes Parella, La Belle Vie, Vincent: A Restaurant and Brasserie Zentral, has some speculating the market could be oversaturated.

The TV station's food critic Jason DeRusha said in May that the city has "too many restaurants," and that the rate at which new ones are opening up are not being matched by the growth in diners.

CityPages laments that the chain, which has nine locations in the country, was a "reasonable stop for a margarita and guac 'on tap,'" but its more ambitious and costlier dining options "fell relatively flat."

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