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The Last Pinche Taqueria Location Goes Dark

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Noho just lost a cheap eats standby.

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It looks like the last outpost of once-popular Mexican mini-chain Pinche Taqueria has closed. The doors to the restaurant at 333 Lafayette St. are locked, the lights are off, and the bar is stripped. Employees were telling customers on Friday that it was serving its final tacos, according to a neighboring business. Word on the street is that it was a rent issue — the landlord did not respond to requests for comment — but the Noho location is not the first one to shutter. A small location in Soho on Mott Street closed, as did a location on 14th Street. The taqueria, which was a spinoff of a more than 40-year-old restaurant in Tijuana, was one of the city's most popular Mexican establishments early in its run. Pinche earned spots on best taco lists, and the Times called its fish taco "textbook perfect." It's unclear whether Pinche will reopen on Lafayette or elsewhere. The restaurant did not respond to requests for comment.

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