Molina’s Midway Restaurant To Close After 64 Years in Business

Last modified on May 8th, 2017 at 4:18 pm

(Credit: Molina's Midway Restaurant on Facebook)

The Molina’s Midway Restaurant Facebook page mentioned Monday that they are closing after 64 years of business in Tucson:

To all our loyal customers,

With much thought and soul searching the Molina family has decided to close their doors and say goodbye to the Tucson community. We have cherished our 64 years serving the great city of Tucson and will miss seeing our wonderful customers. The five owners, Molly, Josie, Tillie, Mary & Chicky are grateful that they could keep my grandparent’s legacy thriving for so long but they are ready to retire and see what the next chapter brings them.

I would like to publicly thank our staff who helped make Molina’s a success all these years, they have remained loyal and hardworking for so long it will be sad not to see them every day.

We will remain open till our last day of business on May 19th.

Thank you, Tucson, for letting us serve you all these years!

Louisa Miranda & The Molina family

Elias and Louisa Molina opened Molina’s on April 1, 1953. “Midway” was added to the name once the drive-in theater opened nearby on Speedway Boulevard.

Once Molina’s reached their 60th anniversary, the family’s third generation took over operations.

Molina’s Midway Restaurant is located at 1138 N. Belvedere Ave. For more information, visit Molina’s Midway Restaurant Facebook page.

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  • Rudy Larez

    Only eaten here a few times but every time it was delicious.

  • Richard Frick

    When did they rename Speedway, Belvedere?

    • Rob McConeghy III

      It’s not on speedway,. It’s on Belvedere a side street.

      • Richard Frick

        Is it at the end of Speedway at Tanque Verde or is that another Molina?

        • Rob McConeghy III

          that’s a different one

  • Rob McConeghy III

    Have been dragged there a few times by friends. I was far from impressed. Food very blah
    Service slow
    Waiters made errors every time.

    • Dennys Senior menu is probably more your speed.

      • Rob McConeghy III

        haver never been to a Denny’s but I expect it’s your favorite, especially the children’s menu

  • herrmann1

    Leslie and Rob Mc Coneghy grow up!! It’s sad that people are going to be out of a job. And you two have to act like second graders!!

    • I know the Molina family who worked there (and now the grandkids that work there) and have ever since I married the grandson (in 1975) of Elias and Pachi, who own/owned the place and sadly, both have passed away. NEVER have I gone in and had a bad meal–ever. I feel for the workers who are out of a job but this place and the family have worked many, many, many years to provide authentic Mexican for the community. They hung the meat outside in a cage in the back of the restaurant to dry the meat for the carne asada. They treated customers like family. When someone says they were “dragged there,” like they had no choice, of course they will be disgruntled over their meal. If you’ve eaten there, you know the food is FAR from “blah.” This place is a landmark and it will be missed.

      • And I apologize herrmann1

        • herrmann1

          We used to go there when we lived in Tucson, but we now live in Texas. We never had a problem or a complaint about the service or the food. It’s just sad that they are closing! Especially for the people that will not have a job. The only thing I said was I thought you and Rob were acting like 2nd graders. BTW your apology is accepted.

  • Sylvia Guzman

    My Mother In-law worked their for many years. She past away 14 years ago. Socorro Guzman. My Husband and I ate their with our Wedding Party after we got Married 41 years ago. Best Tamales in Tucson, Our Family will dine their one more time in Honor of their Grandma, whom they called Little Grandma.

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