LES Landlord Shuts Down ‘Forsyth Fire Escape’ Burrito Slingers

Posted on: July 20th, 2021 at 5:20 am by

Two Chinatown residents last month opened a unique pop up restaurant, slinging burritos from their fire escape on Forsyth Street. They’re not the run-of-the mill burritos, either – they’re Scallion Pancake Burritos, of the Thai, Dominican, Chinese and California variety.

Rather than running up and down stairs for delivery, “Forsyth Fire Escape” owners Isabel Lee and Luis Fernandez instead employed the tried and true treehouse method of a pulley and bucket to lower their creations to the customer.

But the honeymoon is over at 102 Forsyth Street. The quick groundswell of local success led the landlord to shut down the operation.

“We received a cease and desist letter from our landlord to stop operating out of the apartment and fire escape,” Lee and Fernandez wrote on Instagram.

The duo did find a “bodega willing to let us so Forsyth Fire Escape can live on.” Delivery is on pause, though.

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