Rubio’s Coastal Grill closes 48 California restaurants 

The company cited the rising cost of business in California as the reason for the closures.

Fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain Rubio’s Coastal Grill announced that it is closing 48 locations in California. 

The Carlsbad-based chain is closing its underperforming locations due to the current business climate. 


The big picture: Rubio’s said it is closing 24 locations in the Los Angeles area, 13 in San Diego and 11 throughout the rest of the state. 

  • The company said in a statement that the closures are a necessary step in its long-term strategic plan. 
  • “The closings were brought about by the rising cost of doing business in California,” the company told SFGATE. 

State of play: The closures come soon after the state’s new minimum wage law for fast-food workers took effect. 

  • In April, California fast food employees saw their minimum wage increase from $16 an hour to $20 an hour. 

Flashback: Whether or not Rubio’s is shuttering some restaurants due to the new minimum wage law, the company found itself in deep financial trouble during the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • In 2020, Rubio’s closed down all of its locations in Florida, Utah and Colorado and also filed for bankruptcy. 
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