Don Pablo’s files for bankruptcy, closes Indianapolis locations


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Tex-Mex restaurant chain Don Pablo’s filed for bankruptcy protection and closed several locations around the country, including all of its Indianapolis restaurants.

Don Pablo’s and its parent company, Rita’s Restaurant Corporation, blamed increased competition from Chipotle, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Tijuana Flats, plus Mexican-style menu offerings at Chili’s, Applebee’s and TGI Friday’s.

The company also cited overall weaker business for casual dining as a factor.

At its peak, Don Pablo’s had 120 restaurants, but the chain currently has only 12 locations in nine states.

Don Pablo’s had four restaurants in the Indianapolis area:

  • 14758 Greyhound Plaza, Carmel, IN 46032
  • 7600 Old Trails Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219
  • Greenwood Point, 8150 US-31, Indianapolis, IN 46227
  • Clearwater Crossings Shopping Center, 3824 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46240

According to the company’s website, the Lafayette restaurant, located on North Creasey Lane, remained open. Other Don Pablo’s restaurants in Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia will stay open during bankruptcy proceedings, the company said.

Don Pablo’s was founded in Lubbock, Texas, in 1985. It was the second largest full-service Mexican chain in the U.S. during the 1990s.

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