Chevys Shuts Down the Fiesta in Ellisville

The Fresh Mex restaurant closed its Ellisville location this week.

Chevys Fresh Mex said "Adios" to Ellisville patrons.

The location, in the Dierbergs shopping plaza at Clarkson and Clayton Roads, boarded up its doors this week.

If you're still looking for your Chevys fix, locations remain in Olivette; St. Louis Mills; O'Fallon, Mo.; South County and O'Fallon, Ill. The St. Charles location is also closing by the end of September.

Several items are up for an online auction through BCL Auction. Bidding closes Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.

Patch is waiting to hear more about the closing. Stay tuned!

What do you think? What are some other local Mexican restaurants you like to visit? Where do you go to snag fajitas? Tell us in the Comments.

Charyl September 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Mickey Mouse who lived on the patio is bummed too!
mike k September 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Mayor Paul strikes again. What a wonderful job he is doing driving business out of Ellisville.
James Cleeve September 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Mike, please don't just lay a comment out like that... what did the Mayor do to drive them away? Would love to know the facts. Chevy's has been struggling for years now... closed several locations before now.
Bryanna Hampton September 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thanks for everyone's comments. Let's try to keep the discussion on topic. James, you're right -- the St. Charles location also closed down this week. I'm still waiting for a response from Chevys for more details, but for now I have to find a different (closer) favorite place for fajitas. :)
E. Schmidt September 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I wonder if he has ever gone to Ellisville City Hall to pull the number of business licenses ended between April 2006 - Aprii 2012 when Matt Pirrello was mayor? If you want to lay responsibility and blame where it doesn't belong, there's plenty enough to go around...now that's real Genius thinking!!!
Adam Quincy Paul September 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
mike k, I still can't figure it out... either you have a future political agenda or I offended you somehow. Either way, I do read your comments and it just makes me push harder, so thank you in advance. Yes, unfortunately we lost Chevy's as the corporation filed for bankruptcy. BUT, if you want to pin the bad on me we should do the good, too. We have gained a White Castle (new building going in at old A &W), Dunken Donuts, Savers (national store, grand opening tomorrow.. please come to the ribbon cutting ceremony), Ruby's Guns, CC Butcher, Cricket Wireless, and your favorite (not mine)... Wal-Mart. Mr. Otis (C.D) already has nation restaurant chains interested for the vacant Chevy's location. Also, a sports authority deal has been in the works for months at the old Gordman’s location. Rumor has it, a nice movie theater by lifetime is coming, too. Its ok, we are doing very well as a city and the sky isn't/wasn't falling... just look at our books. Wish us luck and call me if you have any questions. I am really just a nice, normal person. We all put our pants on the same way each morning so give me call sometime instead of repeatedly throwing me under the bus on patch articles.
Kelley September 26, 2012 at 08:25 PM
gained a White Castle in front of the old Best Buy building on Manchester?
Sandra Eskridge September 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
A.W. Paul: Thanks so much for all your information on incoming businesses to the area. I was very excited to hear about them. I will miss Chevy's, however, and the A&W, but since I haven't eaten at White Castle since college, it might be a return of some nostalgic times for me! Looking forward to it! I think much of the critical comment is from people who may not have really had to change their lifestyle as far as eating out and shopping since the economic crisis evolved. Many of us have had to cut back on such spending and, therefore, the businesses suffer subsequent bankruptcy due to the lack of customers. It is a vicious circle for all of the economy now--one loses his/her job; loses discretionary spending money (maybe even the money needed for necessities) and the customer base dwindles...and further businesses close and more people lose their jobs, etc. I don’t find this outcome to be a surprise. I am not sure where the stop gap is, but at least we still have some entrepreneurs trying to step up and pull us forward. Let's hope they hire locally! Work where you live--shop where you live!
Adam Quincy Paul September 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
No problem Sandra and please call me anytime. My personal cell number is posted on the City website. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts. People call all the time, I love it.
DR September 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
OMG! I will miss Chevy's! They never minded giving you take-out, unlike Mia Lupita, who will not serve you! I waited 40 minutes the other day, until I finally cornered the manager and he told me it was a "sit-down restaurant". I told him "a customer is a customer" whether they eat-in or take-out. He didn't care. I finally walked out. I'm sure the food isn't worth it anyway compared to Chevy's. It's going to be a LONG drive to Olivette, but I will make the drive now that the Ellisville location is closed. I am so BUMMED! ***Mr. Mayor,***as for what restaurants you could bring to the area, a huge gap in the Manchester/Clarkson Rd area is Japanese cuisine! There are lots of run-of-the-mill, nasty, sub-par chinese restaurants; we don't need any more of those, please. But, if you could convince a fine Japanese restaurant like Drunken Fish (from West Port Plaza) or Oishi Sushi (like the one in the Valley) to open a smaller location in Ellisville, that would be awesome!
Rockwood 25 September 27, 2012 at 12:12 AM
We love Mi Lupita! It's better and less expensive than Chevy's and they've happily catered to our allergies, so we hadn't been to Chevy's in many years. We often get take-out at Mi Lupita, too, and have for many years. Scrolled down to bottom, intending to comment for those wanting a good Mexican fix (much more traditional than Chevy's, we like it that way). I was surprised to see the previous comment. Mi Lupita thrived for many years in a tiny corner of the Plaza despite having a very small frontage and sign. After going with a friend who was a dedicated fan of the excellent Chilles Relleno, it became our favorite, too. Businesses come and go in our area. Mi Lupita has stood the test of time with excellent food, affordable pricing and great customer care whether dining in, out or take-out. My daughter would live on their very ample Nachos Supreme if she could.
DR September 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Rockwood 25, what can I tell you, the story is absolutely true. Just happened last Tuesday/Wednesday. Even told the manager I would blast him on Facebook and the Internet. He didn't seem to care. He told me I was welcome to sit down and eat. I told him I had a migraine and wanted to go home and eat, and he didn't want to make my food; he preferred to serve the customers who were "dining in" first and let me wait so I left. 40 minutes was long enough to make a fried chimichanga. I would not recommend Mia Lupita to anyone who wants fast or friendly service.
mike k September 27, 2012 at 01:49 AM
In 2009, Ellisville was named by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live. Since that time we have seen a building boom in Wildwood, Chesterfield and Ballwin. I have heard from friends in the business community that Ellisville is now being viewed as a city to avoid due to our internal bickering over Walmart that has received much publicity in Post Dispatch, West News Magazine, the Patch, etc. The longer the Walmart issue drags out, the more damaging the impact will be on our city. As a local resident since 1982 I'm encouraged to see some progress in business activity but I'm sure you agree we have a long way to go.
Bryanna Hampton September 27, 2012 at 02:20 AM
This is an ugly link, but it should take you to the Mexican restaurants listed in our site directory. Feel free to share your reviews on the restaurant listing pages, too! http://ballwin-ellisville.patch.com/directory/category/food-dining#/_utf8:%E2%98%83/type:listings/cat:1998198530/custom_s652%5B%5D:Mexican/sort:rating/page:1/_utf8:%E2%98%83
Moe September 27, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Well, it is a shame to loose any business in the area. I liked going to Chevy's occassionally. I have been known to frequent Mi Lupita as they are very friendly and treat you like family there. They server very authentic mexican food and they have THE BEST
Moe September 27, 2012 at 05:12 AM
The Best rice and beans on the planet. When I am closer to home I do like to go to Chimi's Mexican Restaurant in Wildwood. They really do have great house margaritas and excellent chips and salsa. Try it, you'll like it!!!
C. Panter October 30, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Chevy's struggled because they weren't serving "real" Mexican food - it was Americanized stuff. Also, they're in an area with a glut of choices in Mexican food. I'd much rather have Senor Pique's shrimp tacos or go to El Maguey in Wildwood than to go to a huge chain restaurant with so-so food.


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