RIP: La Casita Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is Closing Permanently

Following is an announcement from the owners of La Casita Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (1982-2021) on permanently closing the business. They will be missed.
It is with great sadness that we announce the permanent closure of La Casita. We will not be re-opening.
We would like to thank our loyal customers, our trusted vendors, and, most of all, our staff, many of whom are more like family to us.
We thank our mother for her vision in opening La Casita, and our families for their unwavering support for over almost 40 years. Forty years — well, we almost made it.
We wish other area restaurants well and hope they are able to come out of the pandemic whole. Know that your spirit inspired us in many way, but the financial hits were just too much. Please, friends, support them and all small business in Bishop in any way you can. We know it’s been overused, but as neighbors who love the Eastern Sierra we truly are in this together.
Sincerely,
Richard, Robert, and Paul Laughon

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Tinner
Tinner
9 months ago

Pretty easy to determine here between those who have a full time work, don’t want to work and/or don’t need to work (trust fund, pension, Bank of Mommy & Daddy?) and those who have to work and want to work in order to keep a roof over their head and… Read more »

Woodstock
Woodstock
9 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

Why, because we support helping people? I work full time and overtime and volunteer for the community every week champ. Sit down. Give yourself another foot rub, sounds like you need to sooth your bunyans.

Beefeater
Beefeater
9 months ago
Reply to  Woodstock

Don’t hurt your arm patting yourself on the back

Greg
Greg
9 months ago

Simply a shame that another business is closing due to no fault of their own. Yes, COVID-19 created the crisis, yes, the nation was shut down except for essential businesses (a bar is not one of the designated exempt entities). The whole virus thing was difficult to anticipate or manage.… Read more »

Woodstock
Woodstock
9 months ago
Reply to  Greg

My people have a saying. If you look far and wide for your brow you will never find it because it is on your face. It is far more productive to look in the mirror. To look within. Blaming Governor Newsom is convenient. It is probably more productive to blame… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
9 months ago

No matter what our Governor did to respond to this pandemic, some of you would’ve whined incessantly about it. Speaks more about you than it does about him.

Greg
Greg
9 months ago

I was not whining, just stating some facts and an opinion. Fact, the governor had a meal at a fancy restaurant inside dining while forbidden by him. He was, on multiple occasions, asked to provide the statistics supporting his decision, his answer was crickets. He was sued by restaurants to… Read more »

Rick&Vicki
Rick&Vicki
9 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Also fact, Newsome instead of collaborating with California businesses, unilaterally decided what is best for everyone. He has ignored the California EDD fraud and failed to address millions of unemployment claims that are just sitting with no action for persons that need the funds. His latest comments regarding his poor… Read more »

Beefeater
Beefeater
9 months ago

I made my rounds by all the Mexican restaurants. I’m really going to miss eating and drinking at La Casita Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. To hec with Bishop I’m moving out of state.

Michele
Michele
9 months ago

I hope you have a great future with memories of all the great food you provided over 40 years. Wow. We have enjoyed your restaurant when we come down from Mammoth. But retirement can be a good thing after a lifetime of work. Our best to you all.

Quilting Grandma
Quilting Grandma
9 months ago

Blaming Gavin Newsom for the utter failure of our county in dealing with Covid is rich! We are the worst county in California right now and it isn’t because of the Governor, it is the heartless mask deniers who are so selfish they can’t be bothered to keep their neighbors… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
9 months ago

Grandma, how many people have you seen NOT wearing a mask indoors in the last 10 months?

Masked Locals
Masked Locals
9 months ago

The worst county in the state is Los Angeles (duh). Locking people down and destroying their livelihoods when they’re too old, or financially ruined to ever recover, and then blaming a county with few resources for trying to find some kind of middle ground is ridiculous. If you think that… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
9 months ago

Quilting Grandma It’s the NEW American way… Always someone else to blame,and in California,it’s Governor Newsom that gets it,no matter what it is. Probably something to do with trump (“the other guy”) hating and blaming him for all California. My guess is,a LOT of the little business in the little… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
9 months ago

Well, at least this sacrifice and thousands like it were all for a good cause, to fight a flu with a 99.8% survival rate.

Charles James
Charles James(@cjames)
9 months ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Your use of the 99.8% survival rate is misleading and highly selective. The comparison of Covid-19 with the flu has been repeatedly discredited by health authorities and statistics that show that the coronavirus is far more deadly than the flu. And then there is also this aspect about the pandemic… Read more »

Rick&Vicki
Rick&Vicki
9 months ago
Reply to  Charles James

Charles, current accurate data is not available due to information suppression by the Governor: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/03/18/borenstein-newsoms-covid-fibs-should-be-scrutinized-with-data/.
This in itself is indication that fear is being used to motivate the masses rather then allowing “experts” to assess what is actually working. Reality vs fabrication for personal gain…

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
9 months ago
Reply to  Rick&Vicki

Re-read Mr. James’ post. He is citing validated scientific data from the CDC. CDC information is not suppressed by Newsom…

Mono Person
Mono Person
9 months ago

Mono Inn closed their doors, Mexican 395 closed their doors too….

Rick&Vicki
Rick&Vicki
9 months ago

Very sad news, my wife and I enjoyed La Casita for decades. Robert is truly one-of-a-kind. i will never forget when a customer at the bar asked for a small glass of water, Robert promptly filled a shot glass half full of water and asked if that was small enough… Read more »

Donna
Donna
9 months ago

So very sad and my heart breaks for not only proprietors but for all the loyal customers who truly value a restaurant that’s not a franchise. The best restaurants by far are located in the Sierra’s and surrounding foothills. Plus they are all affordable unlike a restaurant that most of… Read more »

Dean
Dean
9 months ago

Heartbreaking to lose another locally owned business, especially one that was so beloved by so many.

InyoArabians
InyoArabians
9 months ago

Gov Newsom hardly caused the pandemic. This is terrible for business owners, but eating and drinking indoors is not safe at the moment. We needed consistent cash aid from March 2020 on.

Tinner
Tinner
9 months ago

It doesn’t have to be like this…, GAVIN!
When tyranny becomes law rebellion becomes duty”

Woodstock
Woodstock
9 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

Wah wah wah, wah wah wah…., WAH WAH! Wah wah wah wah wah wah wah” Gavin? Are you kidding? Try looking at the GOP congress who refuses to help anyone by blocking literally everything because of…. nothing? Pandemic is not in a human control house, we just respond. Trump failed… Read more »

MMT Guy
MMT Guy
9 months ago
Reply to  Woodstock

You’re kidding right? As if Democrats or Republicans have the answer to any of this. Go read the $1.9 Trillion H.R. 1 bill. Less than 10% of it is for COVID relief. The rest is absolute PORK. Who passed that bill? The DEMOCRATS. Just because it’s now your ‘team’ in… Read more »

Woodstock
Woodstock
9 months ago
Reply to  MMT Guy

Absolutely not kidding. I have read the bill. I happen to support the vast majority of it. It is about time somebody started looking out for the people instead if beating the trickle down mantra garbage over and over again. Just because you disagree doesn’t mean you are always right.… Read more »

Debbie
Debbie
9 months ago
Reply to  Woodstock

I love your restaurant! Happy retirement but so sad to see you go!