Breaking: El Sombrero Closing to Become Artichoke Pizza Outpost
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Closure scare, June 2011
Wow, this is sad. Community Board 3 just revealed its list of SLA applicants for the month of October, and 108 Stanton is listed. That’s the address of El Sombrero, lovingly referred to as The Hat. Its fate will soon be sealed once Artichoke Pizza acquires the assets.
We spoke with the Mexican restaurant and confirmed that the Hat, on the block since 1984, is indeed set to close. However, the Artichoke deal is reportedly not yet finalized. Apparently the owner has, in so many words, had enough and simply decided to cash out the business.
El Sombrero is the latest in a class of Ludlow longtimers to close shop this year. All within walking distance. Max Fish, Pink Pony, and the Motor City Bar – done. While heartbreaking, the news isn’t completely a shocker. Jeremiah noted last February how the business was reportedly on its “last legs.” Regina Bartkoff, a waitress, had said at the time:
They are not closing yet! They are trying to stay open! The rent has been steadily going up and they have a lease for a few more years, but in 2012 we took a nose dive. We have been losing our regular customers steadily, due to them not being able to pay the rents on the LES and being forced out. It just keeps going down.
Artichoke is on the docket for a full liquor license come October 7.