Longtime East Village favorite Puebla Mexican Food, which shuttered last week, is eyeing a stall in the Essex Street Market, reports EV Grieve. The restaurant was slated to close this Monday after a rent hike, but owner Irma Marin lost a court battle with her landlord in court over a disputed water bill and other charges, and was told she would be evicted by the city.
Marin had originally planned to retire, but an outpouring of support from regulars and neighbors made her reconsider. She's now meeting with organizers at the Essex Street Market, to see about setting up shop there. There's certainly space for a new stall. The market has been going through tough times lately, three vendors closed up shop last month. Many who remain are concerned with the lack of foot traffic in the market and the city owned Economic Development Corporation's management of the space. Still, those who remain, will be guaranteed spots in the market's new home across the street, which should debut in 2018.