[Photo from @casaadelarestaurant in 2015]
Adela Fargas, owner of the Avenue C institution Casa Adela, died yesterday morning, according to friends of the Puerto Rican restaurant.
There wasn't much information immediately available about her death.
Meanwhile, there is a memorial in her honor outside the restaurant here between Fourth Street and Fifth Street...
[Photo by Bayou]
And there are several tributes to Fargas, who was born in 1936, on social media ...
• I first discovered Casa Adela almost 8 years ago on a bitter cold night while walking passed it to go to a bar. I had moved from Puerto Rico only a couple of months before and was very homesick. When I read “Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine” on the fogged up glass my eyes lit up. I went in and tried the “sancocho” with a side of “tostones” which was the perfect meal to help us warm up. I was so happy to have stumbled upon a place where I could taste a little bit of home. Adela, Rest in Peace | #CasaAdela 🇵🇷 • _______________________________________________________ #fujifilmx_us #xpro2 #myfujifilm #streetdreamsmag #ST_PH #hikaricreative #tiny_collective #streetphotographer #streetbwcolor #communityfirst #justgoshoot #beststreets #everybodystreet #everydayeverywhere #SPIcollective #thosenewyorkstreets #resourcemag #myfeatureshoot #lensculturestreet #womeninstreet #spi_colour #friendsinperson #yourshotphotographer #hersideoftheroad #streetphotography #lensculturetalent #burnmagazine #helloicp #challengerstreet #everybodystreet
Q.E.P.D / R.I.P Adela 💔🇵🇷 Heavy hearted this morning to learn that Adela Fargas of Casa Adela passed away this morning. All Puerto Rican’s feel your loss... from the island and throughout the Diaspora. You will always be one of our best Boricua success stories. My prayers are with her family and loved ones. My favorite memory I have of Adela’s love for her community is when she saw the poster I did for the LOISAIDA Festival in 2016. She always put her favorite posters under the glass of her tables. With pure pride that she radiated, as she put my poster under the glass Was contagious. It made me feel like I was putting my art in the MoMa! That’s how she made people feel... everyone was special. And she definitely was a blessing to everyone who had the opportunity to know her. Adela, te queremos, vamos a extrañar tu chispa y sabor.
Before opening Casa Adela at 66 Avenue C in 1976, she ran a luncheonette one block to the south. It was there, as a feature in The New York Times from 2015 points out, that she perfected the seasoning for her famed rotisserie chicken.
Said her son Luis Rivera, a longtime manager at Casa Adela, in that article:
“She makes people feel like they are eating from Grandma’s hand,” he said. “Many people, their grandmothers are back home,” he said, meaning in Puerto Rico. “So they come here.”
The viewing for Fargas is Friday from 4-9 p.m. at the Ortiz Funeral Home, 22 First Ave. between First Street and Second Street...