Munchies on Essex Street is Closed

Posted on: October 5th, 2010 at 6:32 am by

Fast food grease-pit Munchies has been a buzzworthy topic in the local news lately.  A few weeks ago, The Villager published a profile article on the purveyor, lifetime Lower East Sider Ahmed Parvesh. The write-up brings to light the violent side of the family business, his brief incarceration and subsequent insistence of wrongful arrest, and his connection to the neighborhood.  Now it appears the streak of bad luck continues – Munchies is closed.

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For consecutive nights, Munchies has been closed during dinner time and the peak late night hours.  The gates are shuttered at 179 Essex Street, but there is no announcement as to what happened or if the joint will re-open. No sign, no nothing. We called the listed phone number for more information, but were greeted with the tri-toned operator message; the number is “temporarily disconnected.”  At least there’s still some hope…

This isn’t the first instance of a Munchies closure scare, either.  In June 2009, the eatery shuttered for “unforeseen maintenance,” but re-opened days later.

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[Ahmed Parvesh; Photo Credit: The Villager]

On another note, this particular corner of the neighborhood sees a fair bit of violence during weekend party hours.  Here is an account of the seemingly commonplace late-night violence outside the restaurant, witnessed by Lincoln Anderson of The Villager:

Indeed, right after concluding an interview on a recent early Sunday morning around 1:30 a.m., Parvesh, a reporter and a photographer walked out of Munchies and immediately witnessed a fight on Essex St. outside the Vault. Several men were punching another man, who dropped to his knees by the curb, then got back on his feet and took off running east on East Houston St. with one of his attackers in hot pursuit. The assailants continued to run and stalk around Houston and Essex Sts., beating up one man they encountered, seemingly randomly, near Norfolk St.; when a photographer tried to take the victim’s photo, he held a hand up in front of his face as he staggered off across Houston St.

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