Downtown:

Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken sent a letter to Santa Monica’s Border Grill customers this week announcing the restaurant’s impending closure.

According to the letter, after more than 26 years in business, their lease on the property us up and the couple are looking for a new venture.

“With a sentimental and nostalgic nod, we are deeply grateful to all of our employees – without whom we never could have operated for so long, the many guests we have had the pleasure of serving through the years and of course, the forward-thinking city of Santa Monica,” they said.

They said their memories of the restaurant include their opening night party, filming on lication in the restaurant and starting a radio show.

“By our most recent calculation, we’ve handmade more than 9 million tortillas on the comal in the window, mashed over 500 tons of avocados for guacamole and poured over 325,000 bottles of tequila – and counting,” they said. “We are looking forward to making more memories with fans and customers at Border Grill Santa Monica in the coming weeks as we plan to operate through mid-October.”

They pair said they are preparing for their next exciting concept in Santa Monica and their other Border Grill locations in Downtown Los Angeles, The Forum Shops and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, LAX Airport, and the Border Grill Trucks will remain open.

  • Matthew Hall, Daily Press Editor