Los Banditos to close east-side location
GREEN BAY - Almost four decades of Mexican dining in Olde Main will come to an end when Los Banditos East closes its doors on Feb. 17.
Owners Pat and Diane Beimborn said the decision to close the popular eatery at 1258 Main St. was not easy. Pat Beimborn said the competition for customers and employees had grown significantly since he and Craig Galloway bought the business in 1981.
Beimborn took over ownership of Los Banditos east in 2014.
Beimborn said both Los Banditos locations have struggled to recruit staff to replace retiring employees. He said the owners of both locations — Beimborn is a partner in the west side location — decided to combine staff as a result. Beimborn, Galloway and Dave Mraz are co-own Los Banditos west.
“We thought the best thing to do was take our kitchen manager on the east side and move him over to the west-side location. But that left a pretty big void here,” he said.
Some of the remaining staff and memorabilia from Los Banditos East will likely make the move to the west-side location at 2335 W. Mason St., which will remain open.
The Beimborns announced the decision in a Tuesday afternoon post on Facebook, adding the decision to close was not an easy one.
For the Beimborns, Los Banditos was part of the family. Pat, Diane and their daughter, Chloe, would work most Friday nights and enjoyed seeing regular customers come in for lunch and dinner.
“It’s really going to be hard with the customers and employees that have been here for so long,” Pat Beimborn said. “I want to thank the customers that have been with us for over three decades. It’s phenomenal. Most restaurants don’t last five years. Because of them and the employees, we were able to stay open this long.”
Beimborn said the decision to close had nothing to do with the changing face of the Olde Main district. Instead, he said, the east side arts district has rediscovered the energy it had when the Beimborns bought Los Banditos.
“When we first bought this place 37 years ago, this was an incubator kind of like it is now. There’s real estate young people could afford to purchase if they had an idea,” he said. “It is like that here again. Any young person that can’t afford the real estate downtown or the stadium district, there’s opportunities for a resurgence of that youthful energy Olde Main had 20-25 years ago.”