Late last week, 85-year-old West Village Spanish restaurant El Faro was shuttered by the DOH after racking up 57 violation points. Now, DNAinfo learns that the restaurant will stay closed until the owner, Mark Lurgis, can raise money to pay off the DOH fines and debts owed to purveyors, plus funds to finance a renovation of the space to bring it up to code. He estimates that the he needs $80,000 to reopen the restaurant.
Lurgis remarks, "We're exploring our options now, but we're limited financially." Apparently, the restaurant has received calls and emails of support from customers around the world since it closed last week. Lurgis explains that El Faro still has a devoted clientele, noting, "People have their packages delivered to us. It's like an extension of their house...We delivered food to some of our elderly [customers] and even brought them milk and bread if they couldn't leave home." Hopefully, Lurgis and his family will find a way to raise the money and reopen before the space is snatched up and turned into a fro-yo shop or a bro-bar.
· El Faro Restaurant to Stay Closed Indefinitely, Owner Says [DNAInfo]
· All Coverage of El Faro [~ENY~]