After years of threatening to reopen the 60+-year-old restaurant, we're hearing that the family behind La Rondalla has thrown in the towel and sold to Isa, a self-described “Cal French small plate restaurant” located in the Marina. The sale hasn't turned up yet on the ABC's website, so we're still putting this out there as a rumor. However, as recently as October, the family told the Chronicle that they were “having some financial troubles.” So with the land and building being assessed at nearly $3m, it wouldn't be surprising if the cash-strapped family cashed out before the Valencia restaurant bubble inevitably bursts.
La Rondalla has been saying they're going to reopen “any day now” for the past million years, so I don't know if this is a sign that they're actually going to open. But electricity is flowing! Perhaps pitcher-sized shitshows aren't far behind?
We've reported on the supposed reopening of La Rondalla so many times in the past that I'm not certain I believe this, but Grub Street is claiming that the beloved Valencia Street shithole is due to reopen in the coming weeks:
Before shuttering in 2008, Mexican dive La Rondalla (Valencia & 20th) was affectionately referred to across the webs as a “Rosarita crack den” and a “diarrhea factory,” but it was nonetheless a beloved neighborhood hang with cheap drinks and lots of Christmas lights. We've been hearing for over a year now that sisters Betty and Luna Barrios were trying to reopen their father Carlos Barrios's restaurant, since he never chose to lease it out, and renovations have been proceeding really slowly by all accounts. But Eater now brings word that that a reopening is close! By June at the latest, they say.
We mentioned six months ago that margarita destination/diarrhea factory La Rondalla planned to reopen around Christmas. Clearly that never happened, but now it looks like the restaurant-who-called-wolf is actually getting serious about openning up their doors for the first time in years. They've obtained a 3 month permit for reserved street space for renovations and it appears a bunch of work is going on inside:
No word as to when they will actually reopen, but count on it happening some time around the competition of the Bay Bridge Replacement.
Believe it or not, but Vanlencia's La Rondalla, home of hazy memories, enchilada-induced food comas and numerous rat sightings, is currently being gutted and set to reopen this winter. According to a worker on the scene, who asked us what the food was like because this place closed down prior to his birth, the owners hope to be open before Christmas and are updating the place to be slightly more modern. While this place definitely cultivated a love/hate relationship with their patrons, I can't wait to start guzzling their margaritas again. In the meantime, here's UP/AL contributor Laura Beck's stunning Yelp review of La Rondalla:
i got into a fight with a friend (I will not name names! PLEASE STOP ASKING!!! I AM A VERY PRIVATE WOMAN!!!) one night and she ended up running out of the bar and wandering down Valencia and into the rosarita crack den that is La Rondalla. She proceeded to order cheese enchiladas and ignore me while i tried to reason with her. The night ended when she turned to a tortilla and declared it her only real friend. I tried to rip it out of her hand and eat it to show her what i thought of her friend but her grip was strong and her message was clear: if i were to actively pursue that tortilla there would most definitely be blood spilled. not mine, mind you. i'm tough! anyway, i chose to back away from the tortilla (i'm not that crazy! okay, i am but honestly, i was tired and just waiting for her to calm down.) I ordered my own. They were alright.
I like this place. I would like to take a date here to test his patience for all things ridiculous. Please god someone ask me out before I end it all. Please. I mean, aren't there any dentists out there that are tired of drugging women in their chairs so they can stick it in?! I WILL HAPPILY PUT OUT WITHOUT THE FACADE OF AN APPOINTMENT OR COSTLY ANESTHESIA!!!
Jesus Christ, people!