Empanada Mama Reopening Soon at Larger 95 Allen Street Location

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015 at 5:14 am by
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Empanada Mama is nearing the finish line down at 95 Allen Street. For the last five months, owner Socrates Nanas has been converting the dual storefronts previously occupied by Sorella (and Stellina). Debut was originally slated for June, so it’s now running some three months behind schedule.

The two rooms are starting to come together, though. Decorative flourishes are even visible. Here’s a quick peek of progress.

Meanwhile, ownership is currently seeking personnel to work the floor. They’re holding an open house for all positions later this afternoon. Stop by 95 Allen between 11am and 2pm at if interested.

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As previously reported, the Colombian eatery was forced from its shoebox real estate on East Houston back in April thanks to landlord-developer Ben Shaoul. The old home no longer exists; reduced to a pit of bricks within the last month. A ten-story tumor is on its way, and will boast 94,923 square-feet of residential area and a commercial footprint of 13,463 square-feet. Or, in plain English, 83 apartments and an Equinox gym.

The new Allen Street home is much larger than its previous LES location. Enough to hold not just a few counter spots, but a spread of 21 tables and 70 seats. A full-on restaurant. Moreover, Nanas gained approval from Community Board 3 to maintain 24/7 business hours with food service all times and liquor service ending at 2am. Empanada Mama operates the same at its Hell Square headquarters. Hopefully that stipulation is observed.

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