Behind the Shutters at Calexico’s 153 Rivington Outpost

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 at 6:29 am by
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Bondi Road was beached at the end of last summer and closed for good in the fall, having survived six years on the Lower East Side. Before their departure, though, Mexican food cart Calexico announced grand plans of becoming the culinary replacement occupant. Upon launch, 153 Rivington will be the third brick-and-mortar establishment for the popular brand, but first located in Manhattan proper.

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Street level, meanwhile, all vestiges of the Aussie predecessor are erased. The canopy is gone, a new glassy garage door facade installed, and the shutters painted black with token red bullrider logo. Interior build-out has seemingly intensified of late, with the finish line not too far off. Here’s a first look:

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According to a recent tweet, Calexico should open in a “couple weeks.” Our guess is that it’ll happen once the liquor license arrives from the SLA (approved by CB3 in August).

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