Cocina de los Lobos closes

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By Nona Tepper

After more than a decade on Madison Street, Cocina de los Lobos closed on Aug. 9, merging its menu and staff with that at Healy's Westside, according to a Healy's employee.

Cocina de los Lobos is owned by Mark Hosty, a River Forest resident, former Forest Park village commissioner and manager of Healy's. Hosty bought the building that Healy's and the now-shuttered Cocina reside in for $170,000 in July 2006, according to Cook County property records.

"It's been a little bit slower and [Hosty] had been talking about it for a while and so we finally just did it," said an employee at Healy's, who declined to be named.

Healy's now serves the fajitas, quesadillas and, of course, margaritas Cocina was known for. The website for Cocina is down, and its old phone number redirects to Healy's.

Hosty did not respond to an interview request. The property, 7321 Madison St., is being marketed by @properties but, as of press time, there was not yet an available listing. Representatives from @properties did not respond to interview requests.

--Nona Tepper

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Tony D'Andrea  

Posted: August 25th, 2018 5:31 PM

My only question is: what took it so long?!...

Jerry Webster  

Posted: August 20th, 2018 1:00 PM

Brain, I think they fell short on all three, The wife and I went there twice, the second time just to see if they had a bad day the first time. In both cases the service was slow and poor, the food was bland and cold. The food was over priced I thought. When I say the service was poor, it was because we didn't get all we had ordered, had to ask several times to get what we had ordered. I would say off hand the manger was not very good at his job.

Brian Kuhr from Forest Park  

Posted: August 20th, 2018 11:16 AM

You're hilarious, Mr. Luptak. I've read this piece five times now and don't see the slightest tinge of bias.Its a factual story, factually presented. As for the economic drivers of this closing, if I had a business interest in a restaurant I would try to a)provide good food, good service and good value and b) not personally alienate most of the town. It is just possible that Cocina may have fallen short on at least one of those items.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: August 20th, 2018 10:52 AM

Typical nonsense from the knee jerk "media is the enemy" crowd. Perhaps you care to indicate what line in this quite brief article is "extraneous," Mark. And where there is any proof that the FPR called Hosty or anyone else "under false pretenses." By the way, it "ulterior," not alterior.

Mark Luptak from Forest Park  

Posted: August 19th, 2018 5:36 PM

My hope is that the "messenger" is more of a "reporter" of the events. Extraneous items in an article suggests alterior motives on the part of the author. Calling a place of business under false pretenses to further a "story" further suggests an agenda.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: August 18th, 2018 8:04 AM

We can start by not reflexively trying to shoot the messenger. The FPR is just reporting on what's happening. That's not inherently positive or negative.It just is. So stop calling news coverage "negative." The reporter isn't responsible for what happened, anymore than a fireman is responsible for the fire.

Mark Luptak  

Posted: August 17th, 2018 9:32 PM

Appreciate your thoughts. But let's drop the negativity and focus on the bigger picture. What are the economic drivers that led to this event? If our village is encountering issues like this, how do we solve them? Let's be a solution and not be a baracade to the answers.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: August 17th, 2018 8:13 PM

It's a standard story format, Mark. And it wasn't a "business consolidation," the restaurant went out of business. I think the only "slant" is in your perception.

Mark Luptak from Forest Park  

Posted: August 17th, 2018 7:28 PM

I'm curious as to the tone of this article. Reporting on a local business consolidation is noteworthy. However, the narrative seems slanted. The unnecessary inclusion of financials and other extraneous items leads one to wonder the real reason for this being posted late on a Friday afternoon.

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