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Lupe Taqueria closes; Beleza will not reopen

hotplate0611Riccardo Ullio (above) just called  to tell me that he closed Lupe Taqueria — his Midtown Mexican restaurant — over the weekend. Beleza, his snacky cocktail bar next door that has been closed for the past three months, will not reopen as previously announced.

“Even though we were breaking even at Lupe, we could not get the bank to work something out on the loan,” Ullio said. Both properties will go into foreclosure.

Ullio also owns Sotto Sotto and Fritti in Inman Park.

While I never made it to Lupe, I always enjoyed the tropical cocktails and the healthy snackums at Beleza.

Will you miss these restaurants?

40 comments Add your comment

phar71

May 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Never got to go, but I do miss Cuerno

Angela Frechette

May 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

Waaaa. Glad I got to try these two before they were gone. Lupe was pretty good, but Beleza was amazing. Wish I’d tried Cuerno. I guess I should hit up Sotto Sotto just in case too.

Msquared

May 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

That is just a strange and awkward to get to location.

jonnymack

May 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

Loved Cuerno. I really like Beleza too, those were unique spots in our city. I never made it to Lupe.

Jennifer Harris

May 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Loved Beleza because the whole menu was gluten free except for one or two items. Beautiful interior, many menu options and very tasty food. Sorry to see it go.

M. Johnson

May 24th, 2010
5:20 pm

Sorry to see any unique Atlanta restaurant bite the dust, but parking was a major pain so neither restaurant ranked as a go-to spot for me.

Andria

May 24th, 2010
5:28 pm

I went to Beleza for Valentine’s Day last year (2009) and really enjoyed it. Their cocktails were creative and the menu was different, but tasty.

Jeffrey

May 24th, 2010
5:39 pm

I loved it and visited it often. It was a great deal at $11 for three tacos and two sides, and the margaritas were amazingly tasty AND strong! While I always walked there, I could see where it would be a difficult to find ample parking nearby in car-obsessed Atlanta. God forbid anyone walk, take a cab or ride the train. I hate to see neighborhood joints like Lupe and Beleza not make it.

Jim

May 24th, 2010
6:00 pm

I’ll second Jeffrey. I loved Beleza it’s sad quality can’t make it.

Johnny

May 24th, 2010
6:03 pm

This is really sad news as both were really good options, not to mention Cuerno, which opened at the worst possible time, economy wise. Apparently the neighbors were also a big problem with these restaurants (parking was also a problem pre-valet parking). Riccardo Ullio is a blessing to our City, for without people with his vision and passion, this would be a lame chain restaurant mecca.

Will

May 24th, 2010
6:40 pm

So sad. I was amazed that Beleza was open as long as it was. Great drinks but, it was always empty. I thought Lupe was doing well. Great food. I base Mexican restaurants on their queso and they missed the mark on this but, everything else was great so I could over look it. The jalapeno infused tequila margarita was awsome!

Bobby

May 24th, 2010
7:04 pm

Loved Lupe! Sorry to hear it is closing :(

David

May 25th, 2010
6:56 am

Loved Cuerno and love Lupe. The fish tacos were some of the best in town. Sad to see it go.

[...] “Even though we were breaking even at Lupe, we could not get the bank to work something out on the loan,” Ullio said. Both properties will go into foreclosure, according to Kessler’s posting. [...]

Puerquito

May 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

this town is bizarre. those two restauranst were satisfactoty at best.

Sorka

May 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

I liked the concept of Beleza and thought, when it first opened, that it was a real departure for Atlanta. I was not sure people here, even in Midtown, would support it. The only issue I had was that a few times the service seemed amateurish. But it had a fantastic vibe, a really sophisticated look, great drinks.

RSlough

May 25th, 2010
8:29 pm

It will be missed. The food at Lupe was reasonably priced and had become a hit with the neighborhood.

Baltisraul

May 26th, 2010
9:44 am

To bad neighborhood resturants close so often. They are a joy when done right. “sell a heap,sell it cheap” places manage to out live the fine dining spots time and time again. Even casual dining spots can get real expensive for a family to be much of a regular. Times are tough and those places that adapt quick stay open for the long haul.

Blake Kirk

May 26th, 2010
11:17 am

Having never eanten or imbibed in either,I doubt I’ll miss them. I DO miss Cuerno, Ullio’s Spanish restaurant that preceded Lupe Taqueria in the same space.

I suspect that a significant part of the problem is that that part of Juniper simply isn’t the right place for a bar or restaurant. Location, location, location…

Dee

May 26th, 2010
1:50 pm

It was a great addition to the neighborhood. We were there every weekend. We will miss it!

brian

May 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

parking parking parking. I went to beleza once and cuerno a couple times. Each time the parikng situation was different, awkward, and a real pain. People dismiss this – but it was the prime reason I chose not to go on a few occasions. Contrast that with Fritti’s (conceptually similar, unlike Sotto Sotto) parking right behind it – and voila, you have your answer.

dan

May 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

very sad to see them leave the neighborhood.

Meredith

May 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

Beleza was wonderful–I’m sorry it’s closed. Sophisticated but relaxed vibe and delicious food. Too cool for the ATL?

Heathcote

May 26th, 2010
3:23 pm

I think Beleza probably was a little too cool for Atlanta. It had a hip, Europe-meets-Buenos Aires nightclub-ish vibe that you rarely see in the US, let alone Atlanta. I loved it instantly, but stopped going after I noticed it being so consistently empty, because it was just too sad to watch it slowly die. Some of the best cocktails I’ve had in ATL were at Beleza.

I’m sure it would have prospered in Atlanta if there was an acre or two of obvious, free parking space in front of it so everyone could park their four-wheeled, cup-holding, life-support systems. Some tacky plastic Bud Light banners would have helped too. And don’t forget the wall of flat-screen TVs tuned to college football.

Madge

May 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

It’s too bad that with all the people living within walking distance of these places, parking seems to be the main issue. I frequented Beleza and Cuerno often before they closed, but never tried Lupe, as I feared it would meet an early demise. Loved being able to walk to Beleza and grab a drink and a snack with friends. Wasn’t as fond of Cuerno, but they did have some amazing dishes. Personally, I prefer dining at chef-owned restaurants versus the corporate chains making their way into the new buildings in midtown.

Steve

May 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

I love Lupe. GREAT margaritas, reasonable food, fun atmosphere. And I always found parking right on Juniper OR they had valet. So what is the big deal, people?

KB

May 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

Very disappointed to see Lupe close. I loved the Chipotle Gimlet! and food was tasty and well-priced. Sad

glenn campagna

May 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

beleza was ok, but had an oddball menu that went in strange directions.

cuerno was very good for the first few months, but then it went down hill as they tried to cut costs on ingredients. at first the garlic shrimp were big and super tasty with the heads on, but after 2 visits they lost the heads and shrank in size and taste.

sotto sotto is consistently great. one of the best in the city.

Maya

May 26th, 2010
9:59 pm

Both will be missed. Salsa nights at Lupe were a blast, and the Envy at Beleza was my favorite cocktail in the city…

Baltisraul

May 27th, 2010
8:32 am

Your right! A few flat screen tv’s for the sports crowd will always add customers. Maybe enough to have put them over the top? We will never know.

Robert

May 27th, 2010
9:35 am

I cannot say this comes as a shocker. I was really disappointed when Cuerno closed to even give way to Lupe. Beleza was interesting conceptually and their drinks were good, but it was always hit or miss as to what you get in there. Great spaces though so hopefully someone comes in and takes advantage of them.

Jennifer

May 27th, 2010
11:10 am

I was not excited about another taco place, bu I liked Beleza and Cuerno. Keeping my fingers crossed for Mr. Ullio

Chango

May 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Cuerno was great, although the service was iffy on busy nights. Beleza was a great bar that would have thrived in, yes, a more parking friendly neighborhood. Long waits at the valet were common. Lupe was fine, but undifferentiated from the host of taquerias that have popped up in the last year. None were “too cool for Atlanta”–they all were good, albeit flawed places trying to do business in a terrible economy. Atlanta haters, Delta is ready when you are.

Noelle

May 27th, 2010
4:03 pm

Unfortunatey, given where thowe two places were, they weren’t “on the radar” in the way that they would have been had they been somewhere else in town. Both will be missed.

Otto Parker

May 28th, 2010
1:53 am

I liked both of these places, but the big problem was when I tried to park my car in the parkity parking spaces. PARK!! Where do I park my car? Park park.

Otherwise, I’ll miss them a lot.

Top 3 parking lots in the city: Miller Union, JCT Kitchen and Flip. Now those are some sexy parking lots. Parkity parking = ATL restaurant success. Park ya later, dudes!

Lauren

May 28th, 2010
9:26 pm

VALET! They always had FREE valet. What is the big deal? I loved both these place. Very sad to see them go.

Jessica

May 29th, 2010
10:32 pm

I too seriously miss Cuerno. Their suckling pig was one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Meant to go to Lupe but there are SO many other Mexican and gourmet Mexican restaurants around- it won’t be missed.

Bridget

June 1st, 2010
11:25 am

Not a strange and awkward location if you lived next door within walking distance. Beleza did have good food then they started serving the Lupe food there. Lupe was decent but they didn’t even have great salsa and that is kind of the clincher in an establishment that serves salsa, in my opinion. For us neither location had much to offer.

Ioanna Dafermou

June 1st, 2010
11:50 pm

I am so disappointed. Beleza was wonderful a little overpriced but great. Lupe was a great everyday hang-out spot.
It is a shame.

TJ

June 27th, 2010
10:55 am

We really miss Lupe. World class margaritas and chile rellenos. Please reopen in Midtown. This is a big loss.