Mexican Radio Goes Silent After 21 Years in Business
Mexican Radio on Cleveland Place has gone silent, its security gates shuttered. Permanently.
The popular restaurant, which served comfort food to the Little Italy/SoHo area for twenty-one years, closed down a little more than a week ago. It’s the same old story, really. Crushed by exhorbitant rents, ever-growing operational costs, and a changing retail landscape that doesn’t favor small businesses.
Ownership penned the following farewell on its website.
For those of you who have been paying attention to the recent evolution of the city, you will not be surprised when we say it is becoming less and less suitable for the existence of small businesses. More and more NYC institutions are closing their doors due to the ever growing costs of rents, reasonable wages, overheads and general costs of doing business. Though we have just celebrated our 21st year in lower Manhattan, we too have felt the squeeze of pressures. Our goal has always been to provide reasonably priced Mexican comfort food to our friends and neighbors. Sadly that is no longer a realistic equation. So it is with a heavy heart and immense gratitude for our customers, our staff, providers, and everyone else who has contributed to the existence of Mexican Radio NYC that we announce the closing of Mexican Radio NYC effective immediately.
Mexican Radio began life in 1996 as a tiny, 600 square-foot cantina at 250 Mulberry Street. Four years and thousands of burritos (and margaritas) later, the business relocated around the corner to 19 Cleveland Place, nearly quintupling its seating capacity. All along offering options for the meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. It remained here for seventeen more years … until the end of this March.
The locations in Hudson and Schenectady remain open for the time being.