Puebla Mexican Food completed its comeback over the weekend, finally opening a stall in the Essex Street Market.
As EV Grieve first reported, Irma Marin was forced to close her 1st Avenue location after 25 years due to a rent increase. We stopped by this morning to enjoy a breakfast burrito and find out how things are going. Marin said she missed her customers during the past six months and was very anxious to reopen. Food service began yesterday even though she hasn’t completely finished the build-out of the space.
Puebla Mexican Food is located in the former Brooklyn Taco stall, near the north end of the market. The menu is still a work in progress, but you can expect many of the same affordable offerings (burritos, tortas, enchiladas, chimicangas, etc.) that made the little restaurant a beloved spot in the East Village for so many years. Best of all, Puebla Mexican is still offering delivery.
Community Board 3’s District Manager, Susan Stetzer, tells us she referred Marin to the Lower East Side BID when she learned of the small business’s plight last spring. The BID, in turn, connected Puebla Mexican with the city, which began working with Marin on the lengthy vendor application process. Laughlin said the BID will also be assisting the restaurant with marketing efforts in the coming months.
Recently, the city extended market hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Other nights of the week it’s open until 7 p.m. The Essex Street Market has experienced a sharp downturn in business in the past couple of years. Several merchants have closed as a result. We’ll have a broader update on efforts to remedy that situation sometime soon.