Tijuana Flats Is Closing These 14 Locations in 2024

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The Tex-Mex chain is shutting down these 14 locations after filing for bankruptcy.
Updated May 21, 2024
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Fans of Tijuana Flats might be saddened to learn that the Tex-Mex restaurant will close some locations in 2024. The restaurant chain recently declared bankruptcy and is trying to get back on track.

Seeing one of your favorite restaurants close can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you will have one less place to spend, which can help you keep more cash in your wallet.

News reports say the chain is closing 40 locations in 2024, although not all of these places have been identified. However, you can check the following list to learn more about 14 Tijuana Flats locations that are closing.

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Florida

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  • 14633 Miramar Parkway, Miramar
  • 1371 S. University Drive, Plantation
  • 1619 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
  • 5065 Old Dixie Highway, Oakland Park
  • 6970 State Road 7, Coconut Creek
  • 431 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach
  • 390 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach
  • 20401 State Road 7, West Boca Raton
  • 2089 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach

Florida is the corporate home of Tijuana Flats. It was founded in 1995 in Winter Park, Florida, near Orlando.

The chain has more restaurant locations in Florida than any other state, and more locations are closing in the Sunshine State than anywhere else.

Virginia

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  • 4224 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach

The last Tijuana Flats location in Virginia was shut down as part of changes after the company filed for bankruptcy.

“Thank you for the opportunity to have served this fine community for the past 16 years,” said a note on the door of the shuttered restaurant.

Other locations that have already closed

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These are not the only Tijuana Flats closings in 2024: News reports say the company has closed 40 locations so far in 2024.

The Tampa Bay area seemed to be hit particularly hard earlier in the year, with the following four locations shutting their doors:

  • 4027 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
  • 17501 Preserve Walk Lane, Unit 103, Tampa
  • 9250 W. Linebaugh Ave., Westchase
  • 1635 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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Why is Tijuana Flats closing locations now?

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Tijuana Flats has been struggling financially and finally decided to make a change by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April. Under Chapter 11, the company can be reorganized to find ways to move ahead with the restaurant locations that are still open.

TJF USA, LLC, also sold Tijuana Flats to a new organization, Flatheads LLC.

What went wrong?

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Tijuana Flats was facing several issues that affected its bottom line.

For example, changes to the menu in 2021 caused Tijuana Flats to lose money. The changes required more equipment and staff, and resulted in both increased costs and slower service for customers.

Rising food prices also affected the company’s bottom line, with customers responding negatively to an increase in menu prices that was necessary to cover the higher cost of ingredients.

What customers have to say

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The news about the closings wasn’t completely shocking to some customers who had noticed a decline in the restaurant’s quality.

“I went to Tijuana flats 15 years ago in college and thought it was pretty good and fun to get a bunch of hot sauces,” wrote Reddit member datcorncakelife. “I went there again a few years ago and it was mediocre with small portions.”

Another Reddit member, LandscapeWest2037, wrote that Tijuana Flats used to be one of their favorite places to eat with their wife, but then “the quality went down quickly, the prices went up even quicker, and we couldn't justify going anymore.”

Where you can still find Tijuana Flats

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The good news is that Tijuana Flats isn’t closing all of its locations.

The company still has locations across Florida, where Tijuana Flats began. You can also stop by locations in Cary or Holly Springs in North Carolina. Finally, the restaurant has locations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Mobile, Alabama.

Bottom line

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While you might be unhappy that your local Tijuana Flats is closing, you can consider it a chance to boost your budget.

You may be surprised to see how much you can get ahead financially by making food at home instead of eating at local restaurants such as Tijuana Flats.

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