Snack Dragon Taco Shack Closes Its Orchard Street Outpost
For the first time in a decade, Manhattan no longer features the presence of Snack Dragon. Notorious slumlord Steve Croman forced restaurant owner Josephine Jansen from the OG outpost on East Third Street last November. He more than tripled the rent on the 100 square-foot store. Now, three short months later, more bad news for the brand. Its sibling to the south just met the same fate.
The Snack Dragon location at 164 Orchard – which debuted in 2010 – appears permanently out of commission. Behind the drawn security gates is a minuscule space cleared almost completely of its fixtures.
Unfortunate as it may be, this news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. In the first sign of troubles, Snack Dragon got in some hot water a couple years ago due to a snafu over workers compensation insurance. The DOH shuttered the joint, but it reopened a few days later. Then last April, 164 Orchard was placed on the rental market.
Jansen had previously noted to us that “NYC is nearly an impossible climate to operate in.”
Meanwhile, calls to the Williamsburg satellite ring ad nauseum. No update on its condition.