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Jan182011

Closed for Business: La Taqueria, 72 7th Avenue


La Taqueria, the 20-year old cantina/ burrito joint on Seventh between Berkeley and Lincoln, has closed up for good, a sign posted on Sunday announced.

After closing down their bar/ restaurant half in September and keeping only the take-out side with a small seating area in the back, I had a feeling that the effort wouldn't be enough to keep the struggling restaurant afloat. They were one of the first restaurants around to serve the gargantuan Mission-style burrito, but over the years competition has grown. A misguided renovation last summer drove away some longtime regulars, and with rents along this stretch growing to astronomical proportions, a take-out business just wasn't sustainable. 

Add these two now-vacant storefronts to the still-for-rent Slope Sports space, and that's three empty storefronts on a block that last year at this time had none.

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Alas poor La Taqueria. You were my favorite...until of course you opened the much closer Rachel's. You can't really feel too bad as long as Rachel's still exists.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermordicai

Please someone open a Vietnamese sit down restaurant here. Make it good, and people will come. I promise you.

Or how about a nice, classy gay bar? I hear all the time from my gay friends saying that they want someone nice to go in the neighborhood besides Excelsior.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Could the health violations have something to do with this?

I used to love this place. It always looked busy to me until that health voilation.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i blame brownstoner for posting a whole story about their health violations. after that, la taqueria spiraled downwards and lost a ton of clientele and regular customers.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

for 20 years i have been eating here - and back then.. there were NO other options except Geido Sushi, Lemongrass Grill... and that Margarita mill of a restaurant next door. I'm glad i moved closer to Rachel's - but sorry for the employees of this quality, inexpensive joint.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklynBricks

I woulda starved to death at some point between 1994 and 1998 w/o this place. Best wishes to them all.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is a shock. I put on some of my best pounds in that place. I remember when they had the fire and I waited and waited for them to re-open, and when they finally did, and I had a chance to eat there again, I ran into the owner and told him how much I missed them. Now I'll permanently miss them.

The last food joint in the hood I felt this warmly about was Oscar's Pizza.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if rents are going to come down anytime soon?

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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