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Last call for alcohol (and tacos): Mexico Restaurante y Barra is closing down

September 17, 2010 |  4:28 pm

Larry Nicola's festive Santa Monica Boulevard Mexican restaurant and fancy margarita bar, Mexico Restaurante y Barra, is calling it quits after a little more than a year of business. In a news release, Nicola sites the sour economy as the reason. However another e-mail that was sent to friends and family of the two-story bar and restaurant states very clearly that Larry and his wife, Melisa, are "looking for a new location."

In the meantime, the restaurant's last day in business is Sunday. From now until then there will be happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. each day and $5 margaritas all weekend long. Sunday night's goodbye fiesta is apparently shaping up to be quite a blast. And if you find yourself missing the gregarious Nicola you can always find him at the house that vodka built, Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills.

Mexico Restaurante y Barra, 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 289-0099; www.gogmexico.com

--Jessica Gelt

Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu / Los Angeles Times