By Julie Lawrence Special to Published May 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Does anyone know what's going on with Pepe's Rockin' taco Shack, the brightly colored Mexican restaurant at 2014 N. Farwell Ave.?

Although it's supposedly open at 4 p.m. on Mondays and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, it hasn't been open at all this week. The restaurant is dark, the Web site is down and the phone line just rings and rings.

Brothers Oscar and Ozzy Ibarra, owners of CO2 Ultra Lounge, opened Pepe's in 2007 (and it was originally to be called Pepe's Pink Taco) a spot known for Mexican fare. It formerly housed Sol Fire restaurant, and before that, La Casita.

I've never eaten there, but I've heard mixed reviews. If it's gone, I wonder what's next for the space? More Mexican?

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”