Showing posts with label Tacos El Porky. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tacos El Porky. Show all posts

Monday, June 10, 2024

That's all, folks: Tacos El Porky closes on Avenue A after 3-plus months

Photo by Steven 

Tacos El Porky has shut down after three-plus months at 151 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street. 

On Saturday, the South Florida-based business announced via Instagram: "Our New York restaurant is closing its doors permanently. Thank You to all the people that came and tried our food; we’ll miss you! But… The Party continues in Miami!"

The taco shop debuted in late February ... taking over from its sibling El Primo Red Tacos, which came and went after four months. Owner Frank Neri previously told us they couldn't make enough money with the limited beef birria menu.

The closure comes after management appeared before CB3 for a beer-wine license last month and pitched to use the backyard space — a proposal with seven tables and 28 seats. (According to the minutes from the public meeting, they were also on the August 2020 docket for a similar ask but "refused to appear" before the committee.) 

While CB3 gave conditional consent last month for the beer-wine, the committee stated Tacos El Porky could not use the backyard space for dining. 

A lot of locals also spoke out against this applicant's quest to use the outdoor space. According to the minutes from the May meeting: 
We have received a petition in opposition to the backyard use, and late night/early morning hours, signed by 143 nearby residents. The neighbors state that the applicant has been using the backyard for staff use, including cleaning mats, pots and pans and other kitchen equipment late at night causing noise and disturbances, as well as letters in opposition from the church next door, and ...

We have received complaints about the applicant giving away and selling margaritas and shots. The applicant states that it was wine/agave-based tequila. We have photos of the applicant advertising these drinks, as well as a menu submitted that lists margaritas and shots, with no mention that it is agave-based. A resident asked the staff about the drinks and was told that it was real tequila and triple sec and shown a bottle of triple sec, and ...

Five residents, including a representative from the 9th St. A1 Block Association, a co-owner representing residents of 149 Avenue A, and a representative from a condo association at 272 E. 10th Street, appeared to speak in opposition to the late-night hours and any use of the backyard. 
As a reminder, tacos can work in these spaces (without the backyard). San Loco was in the south storefront at No. 151 for 15 years until February 2014.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Openings: Tacos El Porky on Avenue A

Photos and reporting on Wednesday by Stacie Joy 

Tacos El Porky is set to debut today (Friday) at 151 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street. 

As we first reported last month, the Miami-based El Primo Red Tacos was changing over to another restaurant in its family, Tacos El Porky. 

Owner Frank Neri (on the right below with his team), said they just couldn't make enough money with the limited beef birria menu previously. (El Primo Red Tacos opened this past September.)
So there are more menu offerings...
... and today's grand opening will include T-shirt giveaways and some specials...
Hours: Daily noon to 10 p.m., with a 1 a.m. close on Fridays and Saturday...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Fans of El Primo Red Tacos can soon pig out at Tacos El Porky

Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy

There's a changing of the taco guard at 151 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street. 

After four months in business, the Miami-based El Primo Red Tacos will change over to its sister restaurant, Tacos El Porky, in the coming weeks. 

We hadn't seen El Primo open lately. Management confirmed the El Porky switcheroo in an Instagram message.
The new quick-serve establishment specializes in tacos al pastor. You can find their menu here.

El Primo Red Tacos, with its birria tacos, debuted on Sept. 7.