Sanborns, one of the most iconic businesses in downtown Guadalajara, closed its doors indefinitely on March 2.
For decades, the U.S.-influenced Sanborns store-restaurant was an immovable fixture in the life of the centro historico.
California immigrants Walter and Frank Sanborn opened the first Sanborns in 1903 in Mexico City. That outlet is still in operation today facing the main Mexico City post office (Palacio de Correos).
The chain’s “diner-style” restaurants are typically staffed by immaculately dressed waitresses in colorful Mexicanized uniforms, and offer an extensive menu with plenty of tasty Mexican fare that, while never reaching stunning heights, is always a safe bet. Most Sanborns stores have a pharmacy and bakery, and sell department store-style merchandise such as cosmetics, candy, home decoration, bags, books, gentlemen’s items, CDs, TVs, cellphones and accessories, and electronics.