La Casona de Williamsburg closes its doors

La Casona Mexican BBQ & Grill has announced the final closure of its doors (WYDaily / Julia Marsigliano)

WILLIAMSBURG – La Casona Mexican BBQ & Grill, located at 1784 Jamestown Rd. In Williamsburg, has announced that it has closed for the last time.

On the restaurant’s Facebook page, the owner posted the following statement:

“Dear friends,.[sic.] Today our beautiful Restaurant closes its doors forever. Unfortunately, life teaches us to accept fate, be it bad or good. The struggles against the adversities of our existence are many, and each of you is fighting a daily struggle. La Casona would like to thank each of you for the support and the good times we had together. your families, your friends… we celebrate weddings, the arrival of new members on the tree of life, birthdays, anniversaries, or simply a meeting of loved ones… there, we gave the best of ourselves. I know it’s not easy to say goodbye, but the circumstances of life, the pandemic and the high inflation, ended up devastating us. I hope this experience will be the pillar to continue in life and give revenge for this fall in the future. One day, my parents taught me that humans fall to learn to get up. well it will be. With God’s blessing, how the phoenix will rise from its ashes and this Restaurant, which was a dream, will be reborn and become strong. We will never forget you, I only ask all my friends, please don’t stop supporting little dreamers like me. that all we want is to live, to give what is ours and to continue living. Thank you again, God bless you and see you someday. Our Facebook page will always be open, in case we ever take the challenge again and give them back what we know how to do… The best Mexican food and the best Margaritas in all of Williamsburg… forever. La Casona Mexican and barbecue.

La Casona Mexican BBQ & Grill was opened in 2019 by Christian Illanes and his wife, Marcela Guzman. Illanes immigrated to the United States in the early 90s, bringing with him influences from Latin America. Guzman made many trips to places like Peru where she learned to combine technique and condiments with Mexican cuisine.

Receiving at least four out of five stars across multiple platforms, including Google, Grubhub, and Facebook, reviewers noted the restaurant’s friendly service and delicious food. The unique menu, the artistic bar featuring a perfect mastery of tequila, and the excellent location near Jamestown Beach Event Park and the Virginia Capital Trail have brought patrons to the restaurant again and again.

However, like many others in the restaurant and hospitality industry, La Casona Mexican BBQ & Grill has struggled with the odds of the COVID-19 pandemic, among other reasons.

It is not certain that Illanes and Guzman’s plans are moving forward.

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