Upper East Side institution and Mexican pioneer Zarela has closed after 23 years, owing to the burden of its $27,000 monthly rent plus $7,000 in monthly taxes. Owner Zarela Martinez (the Queen, according to Sue Torres, who tells the Daily News that New York didnt know what Mexican food was before Zarela came) says shes hoping to open a different concept (but still Mexican) somewhere in the East Twenties in three or four months. Some other closings of note: Comics Comic reports that Comix has closed after four years (theres an auction tomorrow), and Brooklyn Vegan is sorry to lose the only place that could take the sting out of all the common perils of the typical comedy club. Meanwhile, EV Grieve finds out that ApizzA was closed by the Health Department (its now for sale), as was the East Village location of Yerba Buena, and Bowery Boogie reports that the tax man has seized Satsko on Eldridge.
Foodies say adios to pioneering Mexican midtown restaurant Zarela - but not chef [NYDN]
Comix Has Closed [Comics Comic via Brooklyn Vegan]
[Why ApizzA closed [EV Grieve]
DOH Shutters Yerba Buena on Avenue A [EV Grieve]
Satsko on Eldridge Closed for Nonpayment of Taxes [Bowery Boogie]