TUCSON (KVOA) – Since the mid-1980s, Café Poca Cosa has given patrons a taste of what Tucson was like when they traveled downtown.
From its stylish atmosphere to the authentic, ever-changing Mexican menu, the Davila family captivates the hearts of its visitors through its delicious cuisine and makes them feel part of the family.
But on Thursday, the cafe’s owner, Susanna Davila, announced that the Old Pueblo, which she and her father opened decades ago, would be closed forever after 36 years of business.
“It is clear that I did not imagine that my business would end. I have always imagined handing over the business to my hard-working children, who have been actively involved in the business for many years, ”said Davila. “Covid̵
According to restaurant owner Davila and her family, they have decided to close the restaurant in the city center due to the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The downtown restaurant closed in March as part of Governor Doug Ducey’s restrictions on fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Although restrictions have been eased in recent months, additional entrants such as operating fixed business costs, rising food and product prices and restrictions on how many people can be served at the moment have prompted the owner to make the difficult decision to close well.
“We just don’t see a profitable way to go,” Davila said. “For more than 35 years, I have given my heart and soul to assert the ambition of my life to create a successful and unique Mexican restaurant. I humbly started in a small space near Scott and Congress, and I believed and was most engaged with Tucson downtown before it became the vital urban place it now looks like. I have been awarded many honors. I have been interviewed for countless local, national and international magazines and participated in many publications. And most importantly, I have created a loving and dedicated customer base from literally all over the world. “
At the time, Davila said the “Little One”, the original location of the Poca Cosa Café, would remain open at that time. The owner said the store at 151 N. Ave Ave. has managed to adapt to the current market by becoming a snack bar with limited outdoor dining space.
“Unfortunately, the work of my life suddenly stopped in mid-March this year due to the impact of a global pandemic that does not discriminate against even the most successful business,” she said. “I have experienced many months of great anxiety on this issue and as a result I will close Poca Cosa with permanent sadness. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of our wonderful city center all these years, and I would like to thank the people of Tucson for all the goodwill and cooperation they have provided over the years.
Davila was not available to speak to the media at the time.
For more information, visit cafepocacosatucson.com.