First Look at Taqueria Diana’s Clinton Street Outpost, Opening this Weekend

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The four-year-old Mexican joint, Taqueria Diana, is ready for its latest expansion. The new Lower East Side location will be open by the end of the week at 69 Clinton Street, the former La Socia Pawn shop space.

Proprietor Matthew LaRue, a former manager at The Meatball Shop, had been building out the mid-block space (between Rivington and Stanton) for just over a year. As you might expect, Taqueria Diana serves the requisite tacos, nachos, burritos, and quesadillas.

Employees readying the space yesterday confirmed the opening as “hopefully Friday,” but definitely by this weekend.

Taqueria Diana will not be utilizing the north store at 69 Clinton, as previously believed. (The old C&C Prosperity Dumpling.) Which could be attributed to the failed attempt at a liquor license last year.

The ownership, whose proposal for full liquor was defeated by Community Board 3 last December, returned four months later with proverbial tail between legs. The updated application pared-down the request to beer-wine privileges only, comporting with neighborhood saturation concerns. After all, the local board levied their decision largely based on the sixteen licenses within five hundred feet (the rule allows for only three within that area).

LaRue opened the original Taqueria Diana at 121 Second Avenue (near St. Mark’s) in July 2013. The 69 Clinton Street iteration is the third for the restaurant citywide.

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