Courthouse after-work staple Guarapo Lounge has closed permanently after nearly 16 years in business.
The restaurant, at 2039 Wilson Blvd, shared a post on its Facebook page Saturday announcing that Nov. 12 would be its last day in business.
Today (Monday), the business was shuttered and large curtains were drawn behind the windows, blocking any view of the interior. There were no signs explaining the closure.
Guarapo was noted for its “Peruvian-flavored tapas menu,” as well as its cocktails and hookahs. It hosted DJs and live bands, specializing in Latin and international dance music.
The full post from Facebook is below.
It is with a heavy heart that after almost 16 years of great food, delicious mojito’s, wonderful people, fun times, hard work, ups and downs, Guarapo is closing. Since I heard this sad news it has been very difficult, emotional and I’m so sad to say goodbye.
GR gave us all a place to feel at home. It was the site of first dates, marriage proposals, graduation celebrations, wedding rehearsal dinners, epic parties, and many other extraordinary moments. GR was the friend you knew would be there when you needed them. GR was comforting. GR was a welcoming, smiling face. GR was home.
To some GR is greater than the sum of its parts. To make a list of the regular customers would be a 1000 page book. Thank you to all of our customers. We loved taking care of you, and thank you for taking care of us too. The spirit of GR is something we all can keep alive by maintaining the connections of the people we met and grew to love there.
There are no words that clearly express the love and gratitude I feel for all the staff passed and present that worked so hard to keep the vision alive. Restaurant work is not easy. It takes commitment, thick skin, and a really good sense of humor. It is so rare to find such a dedicated, hardworking, and friendly staff anywhere. We became a family. We took care of each other. I’m so grateful for the love and tremendous efforts by our amazing staff looking forward to lifelong friendship.
Guarapo’s last day will be tonight, November 12th.
Please come see us one last time and say goodbye. Thank you for wonderful years Guarapo, I will miss you tremendously.