Columbus Mexican Restaurants… breaking news

by Maureen McCabe on December 14, 2007

tacoThe three remaining Don Pabolo’s Restaurants in Columbus were sold to a Minnesota chain…. those three restaurants were the only Ohio restaurants that were sold to the Minnesota chain… Baja Sol Restaurants group…. but there will be more Ohio ‘Baja Sol Restaurants’… ??? in the future.  It’s a nine restaurant deal…

According to an article in Columbus Business First by Matt Burns ”Mexican Chain taking over area Don Pablo’s  Restauarants”…. 

“ A Minnesota Mexican restaurant franchise is heading to Columbus after snapping up the city’s three Don Pablo’s eateries.

Inner Grove Heights, Minn.-based Baja Sol Restaurants Group Inc. said its Columbus franchisee, SCCIP Inc., acquired the Don Pablo’s restaurants on Olentangy River Road, Noe-Bixby Road and West Dublin-Granville Road with plans to convert them to Baja Sol over the next few months.”

OK I’ll let you in on a secret.  Don Pablo’s was on my top ten list of Mexican restaurants in 2006.  We went to the location on W. Dublin Granville Rd. a couple of times but we were in the routine of going to the Don Pablo’s at 1777 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.  whenever we had a coupon… we had not gone to a Don Pablo’s in a long time… I did not know until reading the article in Columbus Business First that the 1777 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.  location was MIA.  I knew I had not been there in a long time… I wondered why I had not seen coupons for it… People like me who only went with a coupon are probably what put the N.E. Columbus location out of business…

Within the past couple of weeks someone left a comment on Discover Columbus (another blog, with an old, old list of my 10 favorite Central Ohio Mexican Restaurants…)  about Don Pablo’s being a chain… well of course it is… Your point is?  It can still be one of MY favorites this is not a gourmet blog, it’s not even a food blog…  replying to the comment I wonder why I never see coupons for Don Pablo’s anymore…

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1 Toby & Sadie December 15, 2007 at 02:01 am

Hopefully, they’ll bring it back to its old level of service and quailty. I used to love Don Pablos, however the last two times I was there the food was just “blah”. We have been to the on Sawmill and 161 a couple of times, but would rather slip over to Vaqueros.

2 Maureen McCabe December 15, 2007 at 02:14 am

And although the restaurant on E. Dublin Granville was closer we thought
the one on W. Dublin Granville was better service…

I love their fajitas! And their charra beans. Loved. It has been a long time. It’s the only place I really ever ordered fajitas in recent history. Thanks for the comment.

3 Chris Griffith December 16, 2007 at 07:05 pm

I’ve only been to a few Don Pablos. We don’t have them this far south yet. 10 favorite restaurants sounds like a great blog idea. Mind if I borrow it?

4 Maureen McCabe December 17, 2007 at 02:19 am

The company is bankrupt so I don’t know if they will be expanding… I guess they still have lots of frachises left… so maybe selling of the Columbus restaurants will be a good thing.

I’d be honored if you borrowed 10 favorite restaurants! I probably did…

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