Twofold Rent Increase Forces Mexican Mainstay ‘El Maguey y La Tuna’ to Close
This is how the elder statesmen of the Lower East Side are treated. Pushed to the curb.
El Maguey y La Tuna on East Houston Street, the mom-and-pop restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to the neighborhood since 2002, has two months to live. It’s apparently closing at the end of March. The culprit, but of course, is a steep rent hike. More than double the rent, according to an announcement by the Street Vendor Project last week.
Owner Maria Cortez and her family are reportedly considering a food cart instead to keep serving the community.
El Maguey Y La Tuna opened at 321 East Houston in 2002 after relocating from Williamsburg. “Our Mexican restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients,” the restaurant states on its website.