Senoritas Pique, sister restaurant to the Jiminez-Gutierez family restaurant Senor Pique, closed last week after less than a year in business.
Manager Jennifer Jimenez told the RFT that while the restaurant was “doing good,” the relationship with the landlord “just wasn’t working out.” Senoritas Pique was stationed inside the Quality Inn at 3730 South Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills.
Senoritas Pique touted a more authentic, creative menu than typical St. Louis Mexican. Rather than rice and beans-centric side dishes, each entrée came with your choice of papas picositas, a spicy version of hashbrowns, esquites, a citrus, herb and chile-flavored corn dish, and jalepeno or mushroom-flavored quesadillas, according to Senoritas Pique's one-and-a-half star review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The restaurant’s downfall is encapsulated in St. Louis resident Carl H.’s two-part review on Yelp.com. On his first trip, he raved about the varieties of margaritas, including a redneck margarita and a Jolly Rancher margarita, before describing his enchiladas de mole as “spectacular.” Carl H. said the dishes Americans are most familiar with at Mexican fod restaurants are relegated to the “Gringo Mexican” section at Senoritas Pique, which instead offered “a different type” of Mexican.
But when he came back a second time, Carl H. said the restaurant had “gone downhill, and what’s left is okay but not spectacular.”
“You can probably expect prompt service because no one seems to be eating here anymore,” he wrote.