El Sombrero is Now Boarded Up for Renovations

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 at 6:04 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

El Sombrero is boarded up for remodeling

The Hat will soon don a new one.

El Sombrero as we collectively knew it (sort of) closed last week after a brief farewell period. It was expected. Contractors assembled the plywood fence outside 108 Stanton Street yesterday, kickstarting the new period of remodeling. The necessary permits have been filed with the DOB.

New ownership led by Jose Almonte and his son Junior (related to original owners) have promised to keep alive the tradition of cheap Mexican fare. Their plan includes sprucing up the vibe a bit. Yet, will the renovated restaurant maintain its homey feel amidst a Hell Square catered to transients? Will the faded signage remain? Will its method of operation stay an eatery?

Legit questions.

Despite the seemingly true intentions of the Almontes, the sight of a boarded-up El Sombrero for the first time in decades is enough to give locals tsuris. At least more so than a spicy burrito.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: SB

Recent Stories

COLORS Comeback Closes After Less than a Month on Stanton Street

It was supposed to have been a grand return to form for COLORS restaurant. The venue, which reopened with plenty of hype at the end of December, closed again after a comeback of less than a month. The New York Post reported that the nonprofit in charge of the establishment, which previously championed staff diversity […]

Grand Street Pickpocketer Arrested for Robbing Off-Duty Officer

Maybe don’t pickpocket the police officer… Police arrested a man last Tuesday afternoon (January 14) who attempted to pickpocket an off-duty cop. The perp snatched the officer’s phone outside 500 Grand Street (near East Broadway), and ran off. But he was caught, arrested, and charged with robbery. (The 7th Precinct station house is around the […]

Stanton Parkhouse Bathrooms will Open by End of Month

And so begins the long road back for the Stanton Storehouse. Decades displaced from community hands, the facility partially reverts to neighborhood use this month with the debut of public bathrooms. With such a grand entrance, the proverbial throne inside the building teases. Behind those fresh cut archways are bathrooms for men and women, each […]

Full GovBall Lineup Announced for Summer 2020

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Governors Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island, and Founders Entertainment has tapped some big names to kick off the celebration. Headliners for this year’s festival are GovBall veterans Tame Impala, alongside New York indie darlings Vampire Weekend. New additions to the top slots include venerable Fleetwood Mac […]

International Center of Photography Launches at Essex Crossing Next Week

For the International Center of Photography, four years of transition come to an end next week, as the institution plans its inauguration at Essex Crossing. The 40,000 square-foot museum and school, reunited for the first time since the midtown move, will debut on January 25 with a free “Opening Community Day.” Visitors on day one […]