Old Mexico to Become Mountain Mike’s?

After more than 50 years of serving Santa Rosa, the venerable Old Mexico Restaurant & Bar (4501 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa) is closing. The restaurant will serve its last margarita Sunday, May 1, 2016, according to owner Gus Lopez. Burgeoning restaurant mogul Sonu Chandi’s restaurant group has purchased the space, and is reportedly planning a Mountain Mike’s Brewpub for the location after an extensive remodel. This is the first brewpub concept for the pizza chain, and will include craft brews and a full bar.

The Chandi Restaurant Group, which includes his two brothers and wife, currently own five Mountain Mike’s Pizza restaurants in Sonoma County, as well as Santa Rosa’s Stout Brothers, the recently-opened Bibi’s Burgers and the soon-to-open Craft 535 Kitchen + Bar (late May) in the former Caffe Portofino.

Lopez will continue with his barbecue catering company, Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que, and has plans for a future restaurant in Windsor.