The doors of Penascos Mexican Restaurant were locked last week. Photo by Michelle Chance

Penascos Mexican Restaurant abruptly closed its doors last week after 11 years of business.

A notice taped to the front door of the building states the landlord changed the locks, took possession of the premises and all personal property inside.

Property Manager Dominic Palmieri did not confirm the closure was caused by eviction, but said “the tenants abandoned the property.”

According to state statutes cited in the notice, the landlord may re-enter the property, take possession of the premises, and have a lien on personal property within “when a tenant neglects or refuses to pay rent.”

Tenants Rosalinda and Sean O’Hare could not be reached for comment.

Penascos opened in 2006 in the Shops at Maricopa Village during the height of the city’s housing boom.

The restaurant rated “excellent” in the two most recent food inspections by the Pinal County health department. It was rated 3.5 out of five by TripAdvisor and 2.5 out of five stars by Yelp.


  1. Will miss their las conchas and the outdoor patio seating which were great but will not miss the slow, inattentive service. Rosalinda obviously ignored the multiple posts on various websites about the use of her teenage children and their friends as servers, frequent errors on checks.