Salvadoran Restaurant ‘Cabalito’ Opening Soon at 13 Essex Street

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 at 9:19 am by

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Owner Randy Rodriguez, Photo: Cabalito

Looks like that Cafe Grumpy downsizing we told you about a couple weeks ago is permanent. The minuscule four-year-old outpost forfeited its foothold on the south store of 13 Essex, which previously functioned as the in-house bakery. After a brief stint as pet adoption center over Valentine’s Day, the sidecar space is to become a new restaurant.

Cabalito is on its way to the block, an eatery that specializes in “authentic Salvadoran” cuisine. Main menu item will be handmade “Pupusas,” stuffed corn tortillas that are the traditional food of El Salvador. The store itself is already dressed for its makeover with requisite logo and window leafing. Expect an opening by April 1.

Announcement came via Twitter from owner-chef Randy Rodriquez.

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Judging by the website, this seems like a legit operation without the foodie pandering pageantry. Neighbors probably won’t be thrilled if and when a liquor license is sought, though.

By the way, “Cabalito” is El Salvador slag for “on point” or “right on the money.”

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