A Mexican restaurant with no tacos or burritos?

Eatery gets new life in Greenwich Village with unusual lease provision

New York /
Apr.April 24, 2012 02:30 PM

A GreenwichVillage Mexican restaurant will be allowed to begin doing business in its old space, at 625 Broadway, again, but with one odd provision: it can’t sell tacos or burritos. Gonzalez y Gonzalez closed its restaurant, between Bleecker and Houston streets, in January when a Chipotle took over the space, DNAinfo reported. But now, it will return to about half of its former space under the condition it not sell anything that the massive Mexican chain also sells.

“We had to be creative… it was part of our lease that we wouldn’t sell them. We worked it out,” Gonzalez’ co-owner Evan Cohen told DNAinfo. Cohen said he arranged a deal through an un-named brokerage team at Newmark Knight Frank (recently re-named Newmark Grubb Knight Frank) so the restaurant could stay and share the space with Chipotle. The building had entered foreclosure, and Chipotle had outbid Gonzalez y Gonzalez on the space.

Now, instead of tacos and burritos, Gonzalez y Gonzalez will offer “corn meal pancakes with cilantro and other toppings; $3 Mexican hot dogs wrapped in bacon and tortas,” according to the website. [DNAinfo]


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