Report: New Owners to Keep El Sombrero Name Intact

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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Last night, a double-take. El Sombrero was open, a sandwich board declaring happy hour specials and cheap eats. Despite the fact that the Ludlow longtimer shuttered two weeks ago after thirty years in business.

This would be the replacement venture with the working name of “Two Almontes” (Jose Almonte and his son Junior). Turns out these new owners at 108 Stanton have reportedly decided to keep both the cuisine and El Sombrero identity intact, but “cleaned it up” a bit. To that end, they’ve completely scrubbed down the corner restaurant, ordered new kitchenware, and enhanced the brightness. Shiny is the way to put it. It looks the same, but totally different; weird vibes.

We hear that the rebooted Hat will stay open for the next five weeks or so, serving up tradition Latin American fare with 10 flavors of margarita. Apparently the plan includes a hardcore focus on lunch.

Soon thereafter, though, it’ll close up for some basic remodeling.

The Almontes crew still needs to secure a new liquor license for 108 Stanton, and will appear before Community Board 3 next week.

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