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This popular metro-east Mexican restaurant won’t be open on Cinco de Mayo

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Warning: This could be the most depressing food and drink news of the year.

La Gardenia — the popular Mexican restaurant at 8406 Collinsville Road — is closed for renovations until June 8.

Construction at the restaurant is taking longer than expected. That means no margaritas at La Gardenia’s on Friday.

On top of that, owner Jesse Hernandez said he also plans to rename the restaurant. It will be called Tienda El Maguey Mexican Restaurant when it reopens. Customers should expect a simpler food and drink menu, too.

The restaurant plans to focus less on liquor and more on food.

“My focus is more in tradition,” Hernandez said. “The restaurant will be more family-oriented.”

In the meantime, the grocery store, which is attached, will remain open. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.