Don Teo's

Don Teo's owners Junior, David, and Filberto Martinez announced Jan. 21 that they are closing the doors on the Oak Forest Tex-Mex staple. (Photo from Facebook)

A beloved family-owned Mexican restaurant has closed its doors in Oak Forest after more than three decades in business.

Last Saturday, the owners of Don Teo’s Mexican Restaurant announced that they have sold the property at 2026 W. 34th St. and closed the business after 32 years of operation, citing a desire to simply retire. 

“We were fortunate to serve the Oak Forest community and receive their support for so long. This community helped us build our dream, support our families and provide for them,” owners Junior, David, and Filberto wrote on Facebook. “We got to work with our father, our brothers, our children, our wives, and our friends. We had great times and hard times and endured a lot together both as a business and as part of the community.”

The restaurant was founded in 1990 by Eluterio Martinez along with Junior, David, and Filiberto, and for three decades has served the Oak Forest community with Tex-Mex favorites such as tamales, enchiladas, fajitas and more. But the time has come to ride off into the sunset, the owners said.

“We opened with one goal in mind, to serve good food at affordable prices to families like our own,” they said. “No words can express what your support has meant to us, all we can say is thank you for everything.”

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