Lobo Loco Mexican Cantina, a Tex-Mex joint in Bay Ridge, closed days before the new year after a history of low restaurant grades from the city’s health department.
Business owners allegedly notified staff shortly before the closure but didn’t share any information publicly as to why they were closing.
Before shuttering its cornerstone location on Third Avenue, the Bay Ridge business was cited with multiple violations including of dirty equipment, evidence of rodents, insects or other pests, mishandling utensils, serving food at incorrect temperatures and improper storage of food and supply items, according to NYC Open Data.
During their last documented health inspection in 2022, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene gave the shop a “C” restaurant grade, the lowest score an eatery can get in New York City.
Scores are determined based on the amount of points a business gets during the inspection. Restaurants with 0 to 13 points get an A, between 14 to 27 points get a B, and those with 28 or more points get a C. Lobo Loco racked up 33 points in their 2022 health inspection.
Lobo Loco was located at 8530 Third Ave. near the corner of 86th St. It opened in 2016 and served its last meal days before the new year. Owners also shuttered their two Staten Island locations without warning, and the business — once active on social media — has yet to make any sort of public statement about the closure.
Attempts to reach business owners for comment were unsuccessful.