Popular tapas mini-chain Boqueria is calling it quits at Gotham Market at the Ashland. The restaurant, which five other locations in NYC and D.C., will shutter the Fort Greene outpost on Thursday, December 20th — marking yet another vendor closure for the food hall, which underwent a big revamp this spring.
A spokesperson for the restaurant says in a statement that “the overall level of business wasn’t consistent or sufficient enough to be nearly as successful as their other locations.” Staff will be relocated to other locations of the restaurant.
Boqueria was an anchor tenant for Gotham Market at the Ashland, one of the only options in the food hall to have full-service dining. Since owner Yann de Rochefort and executive chef Marc Vidal opened the first location in 2006, Boqueria has turned into one of the most well-loved Spanish restaurants in the city. It’s been in the food hall since it opened on the ground floor of the luxury apartment building in 2017.
It’s just the latest change for Gotham Market at the Ashland, which has undergone major swaps since its debut. Management team Gotham Organization — the same group behind popular Manhattan far west side food hall Gotham Market — got rid of four of its six Fort Greene food vendors at the beginning of the year. In May, several new vendors like fast-casual hit Bolivian Llama Party and beer bar Fulton Hall replaced them in hopes of attracting more of an audience.
Eater has reached out to the Gotham Market team to see what might replace the Boqueria space. Stay tuned.