Tijuana Picnic Opens Next Week on Essex Street; Here’s a Look Inside

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 at 6:04 am by
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While not readily apparent, the old Laugh Lounge space at 151 Essex Street is almost completely transformed. Behind those bombed-out windows the tables are set, with Tijuana Picnic nearly ready to begin service. Word on the street is that the Mexican/Asian fusion establishment – under construction since May 2013 – opens next week.

Tijuana Picnic is the collective brainchild of Acme and Indochine veterans Jean-Marc Houmard and Hui Chi Lee.

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Neighbors aren’t too happy about the Picnic, though. Specifically with regard to the gargantuan exhaust pipe snaking up its flank. They claim its placement – like something out of Return of the Jedi – is illegal according to NYC building code. Indeed, this apparatus appears under ten feet from a “building opening.” A complaint is currently on file with Department of Buildings, dated October 1, but hasn’t been addressed yet.

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Laugh Lounge ceased operations in 2012 after eight years in existence. Its marquee remains intact for the time being.

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