Well-known east-side Mexican eatery closes

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A Mexican eatery that’s been an east-side Indianapolis fixture for decades has closed.

El Sol de Tala shut its doors earlier this month amid a court dispute between the restaurant’s owner and his landlord.

Rubin Pazmino took control of El Sol at 2444 E. Washington St. in 2008 after he became partners two years earlier with Javier Amezcua, who founded the restaurant in 1979.

Pazmino owes building owner 2444 Acquisitions LLC $263,308 in back rent, plus interest, according to a lawsuit filed in March by the owner. Pazmino stopped paying monthly rent of $5,500 in August 2011, court documents said.

The complaint is related to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy also filed in March by 2444 Acquisitions, which lists total debt of $658,041, including a $275,000 mortgage. It lists assets of $807,543—of which $557,500 is the estimated value of the building.

James Chalfont of Indianapolis, who bought the property in 2007 at a sheriff’s sale, is the managing partner of 2444 Acquisitions. He lists himself as a creditor in the bankruptcy reorganization and claims he is owed $65,000.

Scott Kreider, the attorney for Pazmino, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on El Sol’s closing.

“It’s always been a mainstay in that east-side area,” said Bill French, a veteran retail real estate broker at Cassidy Turley.  “El Sol was one of the first really true authentic Mexican restaurants that appeared on the scene many years ago.”

This is not the first time the restaurant has faced financial trouble. Under former owner Amezcua, El Sol filed for Chapter 11 in December 2005 after mounting tax bills forced it to reorganize.

The previous filing involved El Sol’s downtown location in Union Station, which Amezcua opened on the first floor in 2003. It closed in April 2007.


    EL Sol with Javier as owner/cook had the best Mexican food ever available in Indianapolis. The comment about Javier borrowing Acapulco Joe's story is not true. I have been an El Sol customer and known Javier for over 30 years. Javier is a very honorable man. Glad you are back Javier!!!
  • expectations
    Will the restaurant still serve the same food and keep the same atmosphere as el sol? Ive inly been there 1 time and planned on going back I loved it but is expensive. But the fiid is well worth the price.
  • Javier is back TODAY
    Javier's Hacienda officially opens TODAY, August 25th at 11am. This is new restaurant is opening up in the same building that housed El Sol's.
    • El Sol open with Javier in the Kitchen
      I remember when there where lines out side the doors of El Sol De Tala... Even during lunch. Javier never stopped being a humble man and as a child after all his hard work he would still give dome of the neighborhood kids tacos to fill their tummies. I know first I was one of those bothersome children that would bother him every now and than. He now opening El Sol de Tala as Javier's Hacienda... He will be back in the kitchen and wait to taste his plates of love....
    • Wrong Guy
      Lot's of people had issues with the way Mr Pazmino did things. However,the original owner (Javier Amezcua) plans to reopen soon so stay tuned!
    • Reopening Planned
      Ruben is out and Javier is back with plans to reopen soon with more reasonable prices and expanded menu! A few details to work out but keep checking back as JAVIER is "back home" and plans to reopen!!
    • not surprised
      We had an awful run in with the owner when I ordered something off the menu and was brought something else. The server tried to argue that it was the food as described in the menu, then the OWNER argued the same thing. We had to get out a menu to settle the dispute (I was right), and he was such a jerk about the whole thing. I vowed never to go back. Guessing he was awful to quite a few other customers, too. Shame, they had excellent margaritas.
      • 33th Anniversary
        I loved the sign out front that updated the numbers every year but missed one minor detail. It's pretty clear they spent plenty of money on the flash (fountain, tvs etc.) and not as much on other things.
      • Meh - no great loss
        Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.
        • El Sol's was never the same....
          after Javier left. I can remember when El Sol's was just a one room dining establishment. People would line up outside and down the sidewalk for Javier's authentic mexican fare. Gone but not forgotten...go visit him at J's Taco Inn in Lizton, Indiana.
        • No big loss
          The last time we ate there we found 3 hairs in our food.
        • Shame
          Good food, not chain Mexican...too bad, not much in that area to boast about but that...$263 K in back rent is a lot of back rent...would think the landlord would have come up for air prior to now...

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