All 4 Tampa Bay Don Pablo restuarants close

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All 4 Tampa Bay Don Pablo Mexican Kitchens have suddenly closed their doors. The restuarants in Tampa, St Petersburg, Sarasota and Brandon will not reopen.
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Sarah

Sedalia, MO

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#1
Dec 27, 2007
 
This is some bull crap. I've been out of state for 2 1/2yrs and this is the only place I've ever wanted to eat. I love this food and would trade it for almost anything!!
CAP

Clearwater, FL

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#2
Dec 27, 2007
 
Dangit, I just discovered their awesome lunch special yesterday and recommended it to friends and family.
greg

United States

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#3
Dec 28, 2007
 
all good things never last!
Beano

Tampa, FL

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#4
Dec 28, 2007
 
No big loss...their departure will help clean up the air quality in the bay area.
Holly

Inverness, FL

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#5
Dec 28, 2007
 
I liked the food, but I guess with so many places to eat they didn't draw enough people in. I remember when they first opened it was always a wait toget in. I feel bad for the workers.
Riddler

New York, NY

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#6
Dec 28, 2007
 
I heard the Owner got deported lmao
william a davin

Bradenton, FL

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#7
Dec 28, 2007
 
why is this occuring?
Marsha

Brandon, FL

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#8
Dec 28, 2007
 
What do I do with the gift card from Don Pablo's that I received from Santa ?????????? Anybody know how to redeem them?
Momma L

Atlanta, GA

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#9
Dec 28, 2007
 
This is occurring because the parent company sold 83 of its restaurants 30 days ago:
Avado Sells 83 Restaurants, Headquarters
Associated Press 11.27.07, 4:01 PM ET WASHINGTON - Avado Brands Inc. has sold 83 of its Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurants and Hops Grillhouse and Brewery restaurants, with its primary bankruptcy lender as the major buyer.
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/11/27/ap4...
But there's more coming:
Buffalo Wild Wings to purchase eight restaurants from Avado Brands
21st December 2007
By Staff Writer
Buffalo Wild Wings, a restaurant group, has reached an agreement to acquire certain leases and other assets of up to eight Don Pablo's Mexican restaurant locations from Avado Brands and its related companies.
http://www.food-business-review.com/article_n...
just me

Lakeland, FL

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#10
Dec 28, 2007
 
First it was Rio Bravo, then Tia's, now Rio Bravo. What's with all the Tex-Mex places not staying in business? Very bizarre!
Roxi

Pinellas Park, FL

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#13
Dec 28, 2007
 
I stopped eating at the one on Waters a few years ago when I got sick as a dog.
Rodney Dangerfield

Tampa, FL

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#16
Dec 28, 2007
 
Are there any Hop's left in Florida.

Gift Cards are risky purchases.
just me

Lakeland, FL

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Dec 28, 2007
 
just me wrote:
First it was Rio Bravo, then Tia's, now Rio Bravo. What's with all the Tex-Mex places not staying in business? Very bizarre!
I meant Don Pablo's. Sorry 'bout that!!!
Tampa Reader

United States

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#18
Dec 28, 2007
 
there are 10 Hops restaurants in Fl, nothing in Tampa.
1. 545 North Congress Avenue
- In front of Boynton Beach Mall
Boynton Beach FL
2. 4502 14th Street West
- 2 Blocks S of Cortez on 14th Street
Bradenton FL
3. 5043 S. Cleveland Ave.
- Across from Sam's in the Page Field Shopping Center.
Ft. Myers FL
4. 3770 SW Archer Road
- 1/2 Ml from interstate towards The Swamp / In front of Best Buy
Gainesville FL
5. 9050 S. 136th St.
- In front of Falls Mall parking lot
Miami FL
6. 2505 SW College Rd.
- Corner of Tyrone & Park Str in front of Target
Ocala FL
7. 33086 US Hwy 19 N.
- N. of Tampa Rd on south side of US 19
Palm Harbor FL
8. 11555 Pines Blvd.
- In front of Pembroke Lakes Mall
Pembroke Pines FL
9. 3571 N. Federal Highway
- Corner of Sample & N Federal Hwy
Pompano Beach FL
10. 111 Oregon Ave.
- Exit 51 off I-4 and In front of Springhill Suites
Sanford FL
ets

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Dec 28, 2007
 
Good riddance, their food was the worst Mexican food I have eaten in a long time. I can make better than they do
stinky

Sun City, FL

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#20
Dec 28, 2007
 
Good I went once it sucked.
Steph

United States

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#21
Dec 28, 2007
 
I live in St. Pete and our company recently went to the one in Lakeland. After calling a month prior twice they still didn't have a table reserved for us, plus the utensils and cups were dirty. They sent a $25 gift card...NOW WHAT??
stardog

Valrico, FL

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#22
Dec 28, 2007
 
Another corporate chain bites the dust,good.I can't understand how Red lobster stays in business.The worst seafood restaurant in the world.Pre-cooked food micro waved back to life,yuck!
Pedro

Bradenton, FL

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#23
Dec 28, 2007
 
Marsha wrote:
What do I do with the gift card from Don Pablo's that I received from Santa ?????????? Anybody know how to redeem them?
Gift cards : Grate 3x to very fine consistency. Pour large glass of tequila. Add fine card. Chug. Next AM it won't matter anymore.
Scott at USF

Haines City, FL

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#25
Dec 28, 2007
 
That sucks.

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