Tex-Mex restaurant Justin Queso has left the building on The Sunset Strip. According to a source the building was sold and the Mexican restaurant located at 8917 W. Sunset Boulevard has closed for good after operating in West Hollywood since the Spring of 2021. The space previously held a restaurant named Gorge.
The restaurant was co-owned by actor and restaurateur Shane West (“A Walk to Remember”, “What We Do is Secret”, “ER”), he said that even though he’s from Louisiana, he has family members from Texas and he wanted to bring that Tex-Mex flavor to the City of West Hollywood, Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area.
There is no word yet on the restaurant’s closure via their social media platforms and according to their website, they are still open for business and offering discount specials. However, Opentable announces that they’re permanently closed when customers try to make a reservation. The phone also goes to voicemail after several rings, but the mailbox is full.
Although there is no sign announcing their closure, the windows and doors are covered with brown paper. According to a source the manager locked the doors on Tuesday. The space is in escrow and he had no information on who it was sold to.
The 3,800 square foot restaurant was known for offering a variety of Texas-inspired dishes, from puffy tacos with airy, crispy shells like those found at Bar Ama in Downtown LA and Arturo’s in Whittier, to fajitas, enchilada, house-smoked brisket, and (naturally) four different kinds of queso. The restaurant also offered a full bar to offer margaritas and other tequila cocktails, plus craft beer and wine.
the restaurant offered indoor and outdoor seating primarily along the front sidewalk. there was a also a large back patio.
A video submitted by a WEHO TIMES readers shows the empty front patio with the glass windows all covered up. The short clip ends with the person saying, “No more tacos…”