Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT (CLOSED)

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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby Incubus » 18 Apr 2012, 16:25

That really sucks. The OP made the first post in Feb and called this a new restaurant, and now it's closed?! Unbelieveable.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby cranky laowai » 18 Apr 2012, 16:55

jonstains wrote:Can anyone comment on this place? I stopped by last week hoping to get some delicious Mexican food, but it looks like they are now closed.

Was this perhaps on a Monday? This page says they're always closed on that day.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby Borogove » 18 Apr 2012, 17:21

cranky laowai wrote:
jonstains wrote:Can anyone comment on this place? I stopped by last week hoping to get some delicious Mexican food, but it looks like they are now closed.

Was this perhaps on a Monday? This page says they're always closed on that day.


We just tried to go this past Sunday, and it was closed with a sign on the door saying that it was for sale.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby jonstains » 18 Apr 2012, 20:30

Borogove wrote:
cranky laowai wrote:
jonstains wrote:Can anyone comment on this place? I stopped by last week hoping to get some delicious Mexican food, but it looks like they are now closed.

Was this perhaps on a Monday? This page says they're always closed on that day.


We just tried to go this past Sunday, and it was closed with a sign on the door saying that it was for sale.


I went on a Wednesday. I wonder why they closed after only opening for three months. Maybe I should give the for sale number a call. Borogove, did you happen to write down the number?
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby Borogove » 18 Apr 2012, 20:42

jonstains wrote:
I went on a Wednesday. I wonder why they closed after only opening for three months. Maybe I should give the for sale number a call. Borogove, did you happen to write down the number?


Didn't write down the number, but they have a Facebook page if you want to try to contact them through that.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby gymbunny » 18 Apr 2012, 21:23

jonstains wrote:
Borogove wrote:
cranky laowai wrote:
jonstains wrote:Can anyone comment on this place? I stopped by last week hoping to get some delicious Mexican food, but it looks like they are now closed.

Was this perhaps on a Monday? This page says they're always closed on that day.


We just tried to go this past Sunday, and it was closed with a sign on the door saying that it was for sale.


I went on a Wednesday. I wonder why they closed after only opening for three months. Maybe I should give the for sale number a call. Borogove, did you happen to write down the number?


Um...could it be that the business was bad cos the food was shit? :ponder:
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby tommy525 » 19 Apr 2012, 00:41

Mexican food is still a novelty in Taiwan. It will take time for it to build up.

Most restaurants fail within the first year they say. IF it stays open beyond 18 months theres a chance that it will make it.

On my recent walks around Taipei I was very pleased that one of my fav steak houses was still in its same spot and still open .

Prices for set meals have crept up from 550nt to 1100nt since I was last there in 1999 though but so happy its still there. And i suppose 1999 money at 550nt is equal to 1100nt today.

Sorry to hear this mex restaurant closed. Was bout to recommend to a few friends in taipei.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby tango42 » 19 Apr 2012, 07:50

The food was good. But that isn't the determining factor in Taiwan.

Price is the determining factor in Taiwan. At a certain price point around ~200 (or less), Taiwanese for a regular meal will only rarely spend the money no matter how good the food is. It wasn't cheap enough to compete with other shops in the neigborhood selling baozi, beef noodles, wonton, mcdonalds, etc. for $50-100. And they can't lower the price without reducing the quality.

Even though across from an MRT stop, still not in a good location i.e. with little walk-by traffic that would spend that much money. Most people that ride the MRT are the same people that won't spend much money for food.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby tommy525 » 19 Apr 2012, 07:54

Yeah they need to be real close to a five star hotel perhaps or in the Taipei 101 mall or some other mall where spending 250 nt to 300nt for a meal is common.
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Re: Cactus Mexican Restaurant Near Linguang MRT

Postby StuartCa » 19 Apr 2012, 08:30

I sent the restaurant a message on FB and here's the owners reply.

Cactus Mexican Restaurant
My name is Ron Juarez and part owner of Cactus Mexican Restaurant.
I’m sorry to say that the Cactus Restaurant is now closed. I’m having issues with my partner that made it impossible to continue this enterprise with them. I’m currently back in L.A. and letting my representative handle my affairs. Once these issues are resolved, I will consider coming back and opening again, but probably in a different location.
I would like to thank everyone who visit my restaurant and had the opportunity to partake in my cooking and the many compliments the food received. The restaurant gave me a chance to meet many wonderful people and was worth the hard work it took.

Thanks again,

Ron Juarez

You can read it here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cactus-M ... 5807351411
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