Popular Mexican Restaurant Closes Suddenly

19 Nov

by Ken Davidson


They had the best margaritas . . . that was the comment I heard from three separate people when I told them about the closing of La Carreta mexican restaurant today.  Employees at a nearby store told of a “raid” by Indiana State Police officers prior to the sudden closing yesterday.  A sign on the door simply says “We are closed, sorry for the inconvenience.”

La Carreta has two locations in Lake County, one located in Merrillville and one in Schererville.  Ironically, the restaurant battled internet rumors of a health department closure earlier this year.  That rumor spread from Louisiana where a high school newspaper published a spoof article that the restaurant had been closed.

Speculation based on the involvement of the Indiana State Police revolves around a state tax or alcohol license issue.  A public record search revealed no apparent tax liens.  The Gazette has submitted a public records request and will follow up on this story. See the updates  State Police, Marion Prosecutor Confirm Restaurant Raids and Margaritas Flow Again at La Carreta
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A sign on the door indicates that La Caretta is closed


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Carretta mexican restaurant is closed, at least temporarily

96 Responses to “Popular Mexican Restaurant Closes Suddenly”

  1. Viola Rules via Facebook at 10:40 pm #

    Thank you for reporting. I feel this restaurant has been nothing but top notch. Top notch service, top notch food, top notch atmosphere and cleanliness at both locations. I hope whatever is going on gets resolved soon! 🙂

    • K.T. at 11:27 am #

      Illegals …..If you’ve ever been in there you’d had to of noticed All the employees,most of them did not even speak or understand English. Don’t say, no illegals here,if you do you are not based in reality. Where do you think all the illegals go when they flooded into the USA ? Everywhere. Mainly to where friends and relatives lived.

      • mr.d at 12:09 pm #

        dude you’re an idiot.

      • Anonymous at 1:52 pm #

        State Police will NOT raid your place for immigrants they have I C E for that. And this place is called LA CARRETA (latinos) not LONG HORN. (americans)

      • Dr. Naughty at 6:45 pm #

        Wrong. Excise police raid establishments with undocumented “working” illegal aliens as well.

      • Anonymous at 3:18 pm #

        Sorry to bust ur bubble but all the waiters had to know English to take any1s order specially if that place is most of time full of ppl that don’t speak spanish… And just cuz u don’t speak English doesn’t mean ur illegal!!!!!

      • Anonymous at 10:51 pm #

        That’s a assumption. You’re a Moran. Don’t eat at a Mexican restaurant if you don’t like Mexicans. Stay the hell out. People like you should stay under your rock or cave.

  2. Penny Weaver Frazier via Facebook at 10:41 pm #

    Audrey Olson

  3. 😦

  4. Laura Zaborski via Facebook at 10:50 pm #


  5. Apparently not so top notch.

  6. Vicki Juarez Quiroga via Facebook at 11:11 pm #

    I was told that they were reserving uneaten food. Gag….

    • Anonymous at 9:31 am #

      That was a false rumor that was spread by someone in Louisiana, like this article says, good to know that you are one of those who don’t find out the facts before you spread rumors.

    • Indy at 4:06 pm #

      That was bogus & it was a place I Louisiana

  7. Racheal Crabtree via Facebook at 11:34 pm #

    Michelle Flores

  8. Tango at 11:37 pm #

    The food was horrible there whoever liked it go hang yourself. You must of not eaten real food.

    • Natalie at 7:58 am #

      Wow! Ignorant…:/

      • Anonymous at 10:04 am #

        No no, you are spot on. Their food at the schererville location anyways was AWFUL.

      • Anonymous at 5:35 pm #

        Shoot with the great margaritas they had there that packed a punch I would have thought a horse turd tasted good!!!! I do believe the had the best margaritas around!!!

    • Anonymous at 10:06 am #

      Anyone who suggest people should kill themselves should take their own advice!

    • Anonymous at 10:14 am #


    • Anonymous at 10:30 am #

      You cant just tell someone to go hang themselves for liking a type of food.

    • Anonymous at 10:40 am #

      food was the worst

    • Heather at 11:56 am #

      Really? You’re going to tell people to hang themselves because YOU don’t like the food? Grow up!

    • allisha at 4:26 pm #

      Wow…well their food is way better then your opinion…

    • taxproplus at 8:42 pm #

      You are so right! Amen! I have ate at a TON of five star top notch restaurants, most of them not around here. Thats all I do because I don’t want to cook. This is not great Mexican. The chicken is very bland and I am not the only one who agrees. Everyone I know that has eaten there, which are mostly hispanic friends, dont even want to go…unless its for the drinks (its just the large alcohol content that make the drinks good as well). They need a lesson on how to cook with good flavor. They are being very cheap with the ingrediants.

  9. Anonymous at 11:58 pm #

    Not good for a competitor with more money…

  10. Esperanza velez at 12:24 am #

    Que pasaria, es difinitivente cerrando o solente ypral?

  11. Vicki, police do not raid restaurants for reserving food, but restaurants do sue people for spreading false rumors on the internet.

    • becky at 3:56 am #

      In Indy they said the raids were for illegal immigrants.

      • Anonymous at 9:19 am #

        If it was a raid for illegals it would have been conducted by I.C.E. not by the state police.

      • Anonymous at 10:11 am #

        Beans are for eating not for working.

      • Anonymous at 12:43 pm #

        your so ignorant!!!

      • Ella at 1:48 pm #

        Very ignorant!!!

      • Anonymous at 2:32 pm #

        They have to work ,white men ant gonna do it

    • Mary Olsen at 7:13 am #

      Right on Joe. I have personally never visited this establishment, however, it is unfair to speculate.

    • Drea at 7:16 am #

      Yes, thank you for saying that. Obviously, there’s something shady, if not illegal going on, so any comment that starts with “I was told..”, “I heard…” is only doing a disservice to people trying to find out what is really going on.

  12. Rebecca at 3:49 am #

    Joe…take a chill pill. She said, she was told. And I highly doubt a restaurant that has been mysteriously shut down, is investigating comments on public threads lol.

  13. I like VILLA DE SOL restaurant over on RTE 30 & Taft in Merrillville..they have awesome food and very clean and Cheryl the owners wife is an excellent businesswoman…check it out you won’t be sorry!!

    • Anonymous at 5:16 am #

      I went there and was served a tamale that was cold in the center. That’s microwave food right there served as “authentic” Mexican cuisine.

      • Anonymous at 4:18 am #

        Agreed batter service and the food is way better

    • Anonymous at 6:40 am #

      Villa de sol is awesome!

    • Anonymous at 7:19 am #

      @ Lori have you been in villa del sol kitchen??? No then you would rethink What you said. they are raiding for illegals just like Labriola Bread company. duh!!!!

    • Anonymous at 8:28 am #

      For sure my favorite!! LaCaretta has nothing on this place! Their salsa is amazing!! Yuck on La Caretta!!

  14. Anonymous at 5:44 am #

    this is a fake story

    • ken at 7:22 am #

      That was from the internet rumor earlier this year. I assure you, they are closed today.

  15. Anonymous at 5:46 am #

    and for the record Villa Del Sol sucks and the service blows. that’s why they’re always dead

    • Anonymous at 12:59 pm #

      Villa Del Sol is terrible. Have never had a good experience there.

  16. Darcy Wiersma Balicki Spiekhout via Facebook at 6:39 am #

    Fat Burrito in Crown Point is great for lunch!

  17. Anonymous at 7:15 am #

    are both locations closed or just one?

  18. I like Taco Bell for my authentic cuisine!!!

  19. Victor at 7:28 am #

    too bad, the place had damn good food.

  20. Anonymous at 7:38 am #

    The last time I ate there the food was inedible…….just awful, and it certainly could have been cleaner. I never went back. In my opinion, Villa del Sol is #1.

  21. jamesDMZ at 7:38 am #

    Wait, is it the La Carreta in Merrillville or both?

  22. Anonymous at 7:42 am #

    La Carreta has good food. Now Villa De Sol that is the worst food I have ever tasted !!! Go to El Salto for some great Mexican food

    • Coco at 11:55 am #

      El Salto is great!

      • Anonymous at 12:16 pm #

        YES! El Salto is where its at! Great food and margaritas! Management is great there too!

  23. Anonymous at 7:48 am #

    I have went there a month ago with a few of my friends.. The margaritas are great, no doubt but when we got our food, one of my girlfriends found a hair in her food. They gave her very bad serve afterwards that I had to get involved and explain everything to the manager on duty in Spanish. It just go complicated that the waitress was very rude to my friend.

  24. I agree with Lori; Villa Del Sol has the best Mexican food. The first time I ate at La Carretta was when they first opened and I thought it was very good. The last time I ate there, about a year ago, it was absolutely awful…….my food was totally inedible and the place certainly could have been cleaner.

    • wes at 10:19 am #

      Abuelos in merrillville is the best mexicanreturaumt

  25. John Greene at 8:03 am #

    Went there once. The food sucked

  26. Anonymous at 8:12 am #

    I don’t know if they are opened or closed, but all you people that always bitch about food, why don’t you open up a restaurant and lets see how good your food tastes

  27. sandy at 8:26 am #

    every time I go to taco bell in St John there fiesta taco salad shell is spoiled, I called the dis manager and they still haven’t called me back, 2 months now. I like El Amigo’s on u.s. 30 in scherer ,there not fancy but there food is good. PePe’s is over priced, but there is a mex, restaurant in lowell on rt.2 that is very good too. oh ya there is a real good mex restaurant in Highland in the plaza across from wicker park, close to Ultra’s food, they r good too. I really didn’t care for La Carreta. I think I ate there like 5 times and wasn’t happy at all. I love El Amigo’s ……………

    • Bryan Grimm at 9:02 am #

      I love El Amigo’s!!! Mucho de Yum Yum!!

    • bobby at 10:11 am #

      mi ranchito is the lowell place. One of my favorites for sure! The mi ranchito burrito is awesome because it tastes good and it rhymes

    • Anonymous at 6:46 pm #

      have you been at la fonda that mexican food real homede tortillas you see whenthe cook you food thats real mexican food is in lake sation

  28. Anonymous at 8:55 am #

    I went to La Caretta a few times…..the food just isn’t good! Authentic? No……all they put is cheese sauce on everything and my food is ALWAYS luke warm. I’m sorry…..this place is/was a sorry excuse for a Mexican Restaurant.

  29. Wife and her daughter ate there about a month ago, said the food was terrible. Beef was bitter and chicken tasted odd.

  30. Kelly at 9:06 am #

    I thought they had good food, however Mi Ranchito in Lowell is the BEST – you won’t disagree!

  31. Anonymous at 9:32 am #

    The food there is horrible! Went there once and couldn’t believe that people would actually wait over an hour to eat there. What a shame anymore of what people in northwest Indiana actually think is good food. Hopefully someone buys both of those property’s and puts up a quality food establishment.

  32. Oh nooooo

  33. mike at 9:48 am #

    If your looking for a decent restaurant, try Rubens in Dyer(corner of 81 st.+ Hart st. I’ve been there only once, but the chicken carbon was excellent. And they serve alcohol!!!

    • Anonymous at 10:16 am #

      Best cat tacos ever

  34. Rev at 9:53 am #

    Went there once, was disappointed. It took forever for a simple order for 2, food was cold and distasteful and service was terrible. So, oh well, you always have Taco Bell (lol basically the same quality).

  35. Anonymous at 10:28 am #

    If you have enough of their amazing margaritas, you don’t realize their food is hardly adequate~

    • Gil at 11:49 am #

      I never ate there ! U don’t like go back to Taco Bell. . Half of yous don’t even know good authentic Mex Food. . Rude people

  36. Rhonda at 11:26 am #

    My Husband used to love the place but when he found hair in the food once he was like ok it can happen…but twice? Yeah we haven’t been there since.

    • Anonymous at 1:14 pm #

      We like the one in Merrillville better but also found hair in our food many times.

  37. Anonymous at 11:30 am #

    VIlla del Sol was Villa del Mar before I believe – not sure what they changed their name from but I had a coupon with the restaurants previous name – SAME PLACE, SAME LOCATION, SAME OWNERS – and they wouldn’t take the coupon because … the name on the coupon wasn’t the same as the name of the restuarant at that time. Really? Didn’t like the service either and haven’t gone back. La Carreta has GREAT food & fast service, and I do like El Salto as well. Sounds like someone has it in for La Caretta. Hope they are up and running again soon.

    • Anonymous at 1:15 pm #

      Everyone try tequila restaurante in crown point

    • Anonymous at 1:45 pm #

      It is unfortunate that this restaurant has closed, even if temporarily. You know with all the low self esteem, and BULLYING going on today with children, teens, and even adults, to even bring up the subject of suicide, is absolutely distasteful, and unacceptable.

    • Anonymous at 2:34 pm #

      This restaurant was a great place to eat. Sucks they were shut down hopefully they will be back soon. The service was great and so were the servers. Yes they all spoke English they understood perfectly. To bad the ignorant people couldnt understand.

  38. Anonymous at 12:14 pm #

    El Salto’s food and margaritas are waaay better! Food is MORE authentic and margaritas are waaay tastier. People like La Carreta just to get liquored up and that’s it. Im sticking with my El Salto in Merrillville. Owners are great, and so is the manager at Merrillville, Armondo. Keep it up El Salto!

  39. Rich at 12:21 pm #

    if you want good Mexican food go to Leroys Hot Stuff in Porter.

  40. The Times and Post are reporting this now!!…..Old news!!!!

  41. Anonymous at 4:28 pm #

    A great restaurant is on Rt. 30 and Cline is Sal y Limon. They serve alcohol and have live entertainment on most weekends. Try it….

  42. Dr. Naughty at 6:44 pm #

    Hey kids==

    Excise police also handle illegal aliens, undocumented workers.

  43. mari at 6:52 pm #

    la fonda is in lakestation now thats authentic mexican food

  44. Anonymous at 6:57 pm #

    So said

    • Anonymous at 10:14 pm #

      Tequila restaurante is the best …locate in crown point

  45. Anonymous at 10:56 pm #

    La Fiesta for life!

  46. Anonymous at 12:37 am #

    El Taco Real in Hammond. Good food and great margaritas.

  47. jose alvarez at 9:31 am #

    the best authentic food in merrillville has to be the taco depot! plus all tacos only 99 cents everyday nd that includes alpastor and steak tacos. i go thru the drive thru nd get 5 steak tacos and a steak torta nd only pay like 9 bucks.

    • Mrs. N at 12:12 pm #

      For all you peeps bitching about the foos,learn how to cook mexican food and stay home and enjoy your own cooked food!!!!! Why start complaing and commenting on a post all the negativity when no one knows the true reason why they closed! Nothing but a soap box with all these rude comments. Stay out of the restaurants if you are unhappy with the service,food,and people!!!!! Ugh

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