Sun has set on 5th Sun Cafe & Lounge

Highland remains hot as a restaurant 'hood and Jefferson Park is one of the town's up-and-coming dining destinations -- but its location on the edge of both areas didn't cast any glow on 5th Sun Cafe and Lounge. And now this Mexican restaurant has gone dark. See also: 5th Sun lands its liquor license

Trudy Gonzales had opened the restaurant back in early 2011; she'd never been in the restaurant business before, but decided to start her own place because people kept telling her how much they loved her food.

And as experienced restaurateurs can tell you, that's a start -- but it's not enough to keep a restaurant going.

It didn't help that the location just off Speer and Federal boulevards had never been a restaurant before, and had little presence.

There's no word yet on what is going into the space next -- but it won't be a restaurant, says a construction crew member. Still, crews are in the place today, jackhammering the floor.

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