If Alvarez Mexican Restaurant on S Bell School Rd. in Cherry Valley is your go-to spot for authentic Mexican cuisine in the Rockford area, the news I'm about to give you may have you shedding several tears in your next margarita.

Alvarez Mexican Restaurant Says Goodbye

Admittedly, it has been a LONG time since I went and enjoyed some tasty eats at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant, but I was just talking about it a couple of weeks ago with some great friends who go there at least once every two weeks because they love the food so much.

Honestly, how often do you drive by this building and think, "is that place still open?"

Google Street View
Google Street View

More often than not the Alvarez parking lot is not hopping when I drive by, but the "open" sign is always flashing in the front window. Sadly, that will no longer be the case.

On Saturday, March 25, 2023, Alvarez Mexican Restaurant posted a heartfelt message to Mexican food lovers in the Rockford area that said in part;

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Alvarez Restaurant is closing its doors after 28 years in business…
Our last day open will be March 25th (Saturday). After long consideration, we have decided to focus on other endeavors.

DANG! Now we don't ever get a chance to say and eat goodbye!

Alvarez's full post does say that the building "will still be open for Saturday night dances", but will they serve food then too? I'm guessing not, but the menu is still live online, AND, as I write this, it still shows up on my DoorDash app, so here's hoping we can still order their delicious eats to-go moving forward!



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