Alfredo's Granada, a Burbank restaurant, bar and civic institution for nearly 40 years, closed down Saturday night, to the sorrow and surprise of longtime patrons.
Owner Alex Bernal said a host of legal, business and family problems forced the Victory Boulevard restaurant to serve its last meal. He said the business will file for bankruptcy shortly, with the building to be sold to the highest bidder.
"It's sad," Bernal said Sunday. "I worked here for 24 years. My father built this from scratch."
Alfredo Bernal launched the Mexican restaurant in 1971, in the location of the former Sargents Restaurant. Though Bernal died in 2003, other family members have kept the Mexican cuisine, busy bar and weekly specials going.
On Saturday afternoon, regulars who had heard rumors that the Granada was closing hurried down for a final meal. After the doors locked at 5 p.m., they used their cell phones to guide friends to the back door or waited by the front entrance to unlock the door when friends appeared.