108 Stanton Street

Watch as Bandits with Crowbars Steal ATM on Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Posted July 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

Bandits are certainly emboldened by the apparent sense of lawlessness around the Lower East Side these days. And Hell Square is no exception. Police say that on May 21, two African American males stole the ATM stationed outside El Sombrero at Ludlow and Stanton Streets. A witness reported seeing the crooks haul the entire machine […]

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Boozing on the Sidewalks of Hell Square with No Social Distancing

Posted May 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s now a common sight. Drinking in groups on the streets – in daylight – is apparently the trend in Hell Square. So much for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ludlow Street, near Stanton, in particular. A concerned neighbor on the block notes that businesses such as No Fun and El Sombrero are serving […]

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El Sombrero Reboot Opens on Stanton Street with New Neon

Posted November 12, 2014 at 5:19 am

Time has come. Tip your hat to the new Hat. Yes, the El Sombrero reboot debuted at 108 Stanton Street last night after a six-month renovation period. It’s a complete cosmetic overhaul that falls in line with a more upscale Hell Square. Exterior updates include wood paneling, three-by-three matrix of hats in the window, and […]

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El Sombrero Reboot will Debut Early Next Week

Posted September 5, 2014 at 6:03 am

Fashion Week is here, and a markedly different style hat is returning to Stanton Street. Think more fedora, less sombrero. Indeed, the sequel to El Sombrero at 108 Stanton is just about ready to party. The one-story plywood shed – a fixture for three months – was deposed from the corner over Labor Day. It’s […]

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Classic El Sombrero Signage Probably Won’t Return to the Exterior of 108 Stanton Street

Posted August 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

Hate to burst the bubble, but the wonderfully classic El Sombrero signage will not return to the exterior of 108 Stanton Street when the reboot launches. The marquee is now a rustic wood flavor with evenly-spaced lighting. Before you reach for that tissue, though, take comfort in the knowledge that the faded relic hasn’t altogether […]

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El Sombrero in Ruins Ahead of Restaurant Revamp [PHOTOS]

Posted May 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Gut renovation began at El Sombrero this week, mere days after the plywood fence was constructed onsite. Even though the name and style of the restaurant is ostensibly to remain the same, it’s nonetheless a bitter pill to swallow. Just look at El Sombrero now. The signage on the Stanton Street frontage was removed and presumably […]

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El Sombrero is Now Boarded Up for Renovations

Posted May 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

The Hat will soon don a new one. El Sombrero as we collectively knew it (sort of) closed last week after a brief farewell period. It was expected. Contractors assembled the plywood fence outside 108 Stanton Street yesterday, kickstarting the new period of remodeling. The necessary permits have been filed with the DOB. New ownership […]

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Report: New Owners to Keep El Sombrero Name Intact

Posted April 2, 2014 at 6:03 am

Last night, a double-take. El Sombrero was open, a sandwich board declaring happy hour specials and cheap eats. Despite the fact that the Ludlow longtimer shuttered two weeks ago after thirty years in business. This would be the replacement venture with the working name of “Two Almontes” (Jose Almonte and his son Junior). Turns out […]

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El Sombrero Shutters After 30-Year Run, Long Live El Sombrero

Posted March 24, 2014 at 5:08 am

El Sombrero poured its last margarita (to go) on Saturday night, capping a thirty-year career at the northeast corner of Ludlow and Stanton Streets. It’s a loss for the neighborhood, as yet another budget food/drink option vacates, leaving Hell Square to the vultures. The writing has been on the wall for a while. Closure threats were […]

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Artichoke Pizza Backs Out, El Sombrero Spared (For Now)

Posted January 3, 2014 at 5:34 am

Some pseudo-good news on this third day of 2014. We are told that neighborhood staple El Sombrero will live to see another day. Apparently the deal to bring Artichoke Pizza to 108 Stanton Street fell through within the last couple months. So, the cash-strapped Hat will continue on its course; it’s a reprieve, though likely […]

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