Empanada Mama Opening its Larger Location at 95 Allen Tomorrow
Down the stretch it comes. Yes, Empanada Mama is finally nearing the finish line on Allen Street, albeit a few months behind schedule. We are told by staff that the new outpost is opening for business tomorrow.
Another refugee from the scorched earth activities of landlord-developer Ben Shaoul at Orchard and East Houston, the Colombian chainlet has been building out 95 Allen Street since last spring (formerly Sorella). Owner Socrates Nanas closed back in April to focus on the change of scenery. However, the forced move could be seen as something of a blessing in disguise. This location is way larger than the previous iteration on East Houston, boasting 21 tables and 70 seats across two stores.
It’s more of a restaurant now than a fast-food type place. There is also a full liquor license here. Nanas gained approval from Community Board 3 to maintain 24/7 business hours with food service all times and liquor service ending at 2am. Liquor license is still pending for the moment, though.
Meanwhile, Empanada Mama still maintains its original location in Hell’s Kitchen.