TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - La Indita Mexican Restaurant on Fourth Avenue in downtown Tucson has been a go-to spot for many since 1983.
The restaurant has been a safe space for community members where they can find a traditional plate of mole served with rice and beans. All of the food has been cooked with love.
“We have a family here, our family, but our customers are considered our family because after 40 years, how could they not be,” said Denise Schafer, a daughter of La Indita’s founder.
After decades of serving their community, Schafer said they will have to turn over the keys to the building. Last August, the family received a notice that the building is up for sale.
“We never purchased the building, when we first moved here, we had a 20-year lease, we sub-leased from IBT’s,” she said.
Schafer and her family had plans on buying the building, but instead, they were told it was connected to the IBT’s Bar + Food building and there was no way of splitting the two.
“Because they had first right of refusal, they were here first, they had the first choice to buy the building,” she said.
Schafer said thanks to the little bit of savings they had put aside during the pandemic, and the outpouring support from the community, they will relocate across the street.
“I am a little saddened about things, but if I’m across the street I will be able to look at the building and reminisce of the good times,” she said.
Schafer said her family feels optimistic they can continue the legacy of La Indita, one generation at a time.
“We had this energy that just puts a fire under us and excites us and it makes us feel secure knowing that we have each other,” she said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money and the funds will be used for any expenses to help relocate.