SOMETIMES TRUTH IS stranger than fiction, and news that Sol Azteca, the popular downtown Marquette restaurant is closing, is certainly strange.
It was just confirmed moments ago by a Sol Azteca spokesperson that by October 1st the restaurant will be ending operations. Specifics of the situation are hard to come by, but it’s not because of the lack of business. The location, the atmosphere, the food, and the prices have all combined to make Sol Azteca a favorite of those looking to dine downtown.
According to my source, business has been good… especially this summer. And there’s no reason to think that would change anytime soon. Apparently the decision to close is based on technicalities, legal or otherwise, that only the owner can answer to. We don’t know all the details now, but maybe we will sometime in the near future.
But most of us really don’t care about the “why,” but rather the “what?” Sol Azteca is closing??? No, it doesn’t make sense, but a lot of things in the business world don’t.
You might think having a business, especially a restaurant, in downtown Marquette would be a license to print money. I guess that isn’t always the case. Otherwise Upfront would be open and someone would have already put a new business in the former Kildare Irish Pub.
We can only hope that any issues behind the closing can be resolved, maybe prior to October 1st, or the business becomes available to new ownership and we don’t suffer through months, or years, of an empty location with tons of potential.
If you’re not happy with the news, think of the employees. They aren’t happy either, as they’ll be back in the job pool, looking for a new gig.
We’ll keep an eye on any future developments and hopefully the next time we report on this story, the news will be better.