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    King and Queen Cantina Closes in West Hollywood After Less Than a Year

    Pump Restaurant wasn’t the only business to close this past Sunday in the city of West Hollywood; King and Queen Cantina by Mr. Tempo has also left the building. They were open for less than a year. Employees were seen inside cleaning out the space.

    It took the Mexican Restaurant a whole two years to open in the city of West Hollywood, and it only took them eight months to close according to an employee who has confirmed that King and Queen Cantina is “no more…closed for good…too slow.”

    According to several sources, the King and Queen restaurant located at 616 Robertson Boulevard was empty for the 4th of July and has been closed since. “WeHo is a whole different game, and that the owners could not make it work,” said the employee. “The owners owned the building, and they sold it along with the restaurant. It happened very fast, but that’s OK, we are focusing on a new location in Whittier that’s coming soon, which will hopefully do better.”

    King and Queen Cantina closes in West Hollywood after less than a year. – WEHO TIMES

    The employees were told three days in advance, but most of them are transferring to other King and Queen and Mr Tempo restaurant locations.

    Alfredo Cruz, the area manager, told WEHO TIMES last November that the space was acquired a week before the COVID-19 shutdown in 2019. The restaurant had a soft opening on November 5, 2022.

    The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Hollywood welcomed the Mexican restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, to celebrate their grand opening. The WeHo Chamber presented business partners Jorge Cueva (aka Mr Tempo) and Elie Samha with a framed buck for good luck, and the City’s newly sworn-in Mayor Sepi Shyne presented them with a West Hollywood Certificate of Recognition to welcome them to the city. This was Mayor Shyne’s first ribbon cutting as mayor.

    King and Queen Cantina West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    King and Queen Cantina is part of the Mr Tempo franchise founded by Jorge Cueva. Cueva brought a casual, yet out-of-the-box atmosphere to the Creative City of West Hollywood. The restaurant combined Latin flavors with a farm-to-table experience proudly serving sustainable ingredients presented in one-of-a-kind dishes honoring Mexican influence, while also showing off culinary inspiration from international cuisine. The bar offered highly skilled mixologists creating inventive craft cocktails that have garnered consistent five star ratings.

    King and Queen Cantina West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    An announcement of their closure has not been posted on their social media as of the posting of this article, but the West Hollywood location has already been removed from their website.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Kevin
    Kevin
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    10 months ago

    Just a terrible dining experience. Not sure how they plan on making Whittier work.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    10 months ago

    Just a bad place. If the right operator takes it over, bingo!

    Johnjx on Hancock
    Johnjx on Hancock
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    10 months ago

    Seemed very hipster to me. Hope Kitchen24 is not soon to follow. Seems like they are mostly empty every time I walk by there. They should take tips from Hugo’s.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    10 months ago

    Another business closing in West Hollywood. This city really is a shell of its former self. Very sad to see. We need new leaders. We need new policies.

    Last edited 10 months ago by Enough!
    Dennis
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    10 months ago

    I went once and had the best Birria that I’ve ever eaten.
    They didn’t offer (tap) water (which actually seems illegal) only for purchase bottles of water and charged me $6 for a mini can of soda. Right then I swore that I would never go back and didn’t, regardless of how good the food was.
    If you are in business to blatantly rip people off, you don’t deserve to be in business!
    Good riddance!

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    10 months ago

    They charged for water? Im glad the closed they can kiss my ass

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