Three well-known Prescott restaurants shut their doors permanently in October.
The old-timer among them was El Charro Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, 125 N. Montezuma. It had operated continuously for almost 60 years.
The others were Prescott Family Diner, 502 Miller Valley near the U.S. Post Office, and Cupper’s Bistro, 258 Lee Blvd., just east of Prescott Gateway Mall.
Announcement of closure of all three was done with signs attached to entry doors.
In the case of El Charro, as it was commonly known, owner Gary Denny said it was a difficult decision. Nineteen years earlier, he bought the popular eatery from his family, so it has considerable sentimental value for him.
However, Denny will continue serving Mexican food at his Chino Valley location — El Charro Norte. It has been open for three years.
Similarly, while the east Prescott coffeehouse is shuttered after only five years, a second Cupper’s Coffeehouse will remain open at its present location, 226 S. Cortez, just across the street from Prescott City Hall. Its owners remain the same — Jamey and Andrea Maul.
The property where the Prescott Family Diner is located is now listed for lease. It was open in fall 2016. Its owner is Tally El Bayomy, who lives in Pennsylvania.