Monday, November 23, 2015
As we pointed out back in March, Figaro Cafe Bistro Bar & Grill changed its names/concepts to La Esquina Bar & Grill here on First Avenue at East Sixth Street... Perhaps to alleviate any confusion between this La Esquina and the Kenmare Street establishments (La Esquina Taqueria and Cafe/La Esquina Brasserie & Tequila Bar), the name evolved to La Esquina Burritos and Bar.
And some time in the past two weeks, the place changed names again, to East Village Burritos and Bar.
Unfortunately, the name change hasn't inspired any additional dinership... when we walked by on Friday evening, the restaurant was empty...
After Banjara left the corner, Figaro Villaggio, an Italian bar-restaurant, opened in January 2014. They later changed the name to Figaro Cafe Bistro Bar & Grill and, by November 2014, gave up part of the space to an Indian restaurant called Apna Masala. (All from the same owners, as we understand it.)
And at 326 E. Sixth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue, Spice Cove has closed... and Banana Leaf, a Sri Lankan restaurant on West 28th Street, is on the way in...
Spice Cove and Banana Leaf apparently share the same ownership, and will serve Sri Lankan and Indian specialities from both restaurants.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Banjara space yielding to Figaro Bistro Grill, 15 comments
Banjara moving soon to the Haveli space on Second Avenue
Indian cuisine returning to the corner of 1st Avenue and East 6th Street
Figaro Cafe Bistro Bar & Grill is now La Esquina (not that one) Bar & Grill
La Esquina Burritos & Bar signage up on 1st Avenue