The longtime restaurant in Old Mexico will close its doors for good

Old Mexico Restaurant, a longtime establishment on Five Mile Road in Livonia serving classic Mexican cuisine, is closing for good.

The last day to serve customers will be Sunday, said Nick Preece, an employee who answered the phone Thursday.

The lease is up on the building and the owners are ready to retire and relax, Preece said. Old Mexico’s current owner, Sandy Longsdorf, could not be reached for comment.

Customers have posted on Old Mexico’s Facebook page how much they love the place, how sad they are that it’s closing, and how much it will be missed. Many customers also announced that they were stopping for dinner one last time in Old Mexico. Preece confirmed the restaurant had been flooded since people learned it was closing.

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On several online review sites, recent reviews of Old Mexico have been mostly favorable. Some have praised the place for its quality and consistent food. Reviewers have also praised Old Mexico for its reasonable prices, including a well-priced lunch menu and generous portions.

One of the most popular dishes in Old Mexico is the Bob Talbert Quesadilla. Bob Talbert, who died in 1999, was a longtime columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

Preece described the popular menu item as a shredded chicken and red sauce quesadilla with spinach and melted Muenster cheese.

“It’s one of the most ordered quesadillas and a much-loved dish,” Preece said.

The restaurant has been around for about 45 years and has been owned by Longsdorf for 20 years.

The previous owners of Old Mexico Livonia were Vicki and Ramon Castaneda, who also owned a location in Old Mexico at West Bloomfield. The original Old Mexico location was in the Old Redford neighborhood of Detroit, and the Livonia locations opened in the early 1980s. The Castanedas, according to their son, Tim Castaneda, still own the Livonia building.

It was Tim Castaneda who put the Bob Talbert Quesadilla on the menu during the West Bloomfield location in the late 80s.

“I used to make quesadilla specialties every week in West Bloomfield and the week I made the spinach and the chicken, Bob Talbert came and had it,” Castaneda said.

In a 1997 column, Talbert described the quesadilla as “a large toasted flour tortilla filled with chicken, spinach, and cheese…it’s served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream instead. rice and beans”.

He also praised the ranchero sauce from Old Mexico.

The Old Mexico restaurant, 28407 Five Mile Road, Livonia, will serve its last customers on Sunday and close at 8 p.m.

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