Pinalito City on East Houston Closes for Renovations

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 at 6:07 am by
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Three years ago, the much beloved Clinton Restaurant transitioned into Pinalito City with new ownership. Under the radar. The different name hasn’t changed too much about this hole-in-the-wall Spanish Mexican joint at the corner of East Houston, and patrons still champion its cuisine.

Anyway, the establishment closed within the last couple weeks for a quick tune-up. Bilingual printouts taped across the drawn shutters announce the closure and current renovation activities. However, unlike most false alarm renovation notices that appear as charade, these seem to hold more water. DOB permits dated mid-March are on file for the interior remodeling, spelling out the installation of new exhaust components (hood and metal chimney) and “dry chemical fire suppression” system.

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We hear that Pinalito City will indeed return to 293 East Houston, possibly in as soon as two weeks.  That seems like a pipe dream given the state of the interior. Check this photo below.

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But will the new version of Pinalito City retain that gritty charm which contributed to its allure?

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