After two years in business, Papi Tino's announced today that it will be shutting its doors on Saturday, December 28. The news was announced on Facebook by Papi Tino's owner Alan Gonzalez Garcia. Writes Garcia, "It's been an honor to serve and get to know each and every one of you. If you'd like to say hello and/or goodbye, we will all be there this Friday and Saturday starting at 6."
While no details were given as to the future of the bungalow-turned-cantina, Garcia has previously hinted on the restaurant's website that something else may be in the works.
Papi Tino's closing is a fitting end for what has been a year of change for East Sixth Street. Earlier this month, the LGBTQ-friendly dive Cheer Up Charlie's announced that it was moving, making way for the owners of the ritzy Bar Congress to take over its spot. Along with Cheer Up's moving came the news that the adjacent trailer park (home to Veracruz All Natural, Spartan Pizza and Way South Philly — just to name a few) would also be moving to make way for what it is expected to be a hotel.
In March, Nuevo Leon, the Mexican restaurant that called East Sixth home for more than three decades shuttered (and the plot of land was snatched up the Wal-Mart-owning Walton Enterprises). Just a few months later, the city block-sized plot of land adjacent to what is now the Wright Bros Brew & Brew was blasted to make way for the Corazon condos.