El Faro Closed ‘Indefinitely’ After Health Department Shutdown

Murals at the restaurant, which opened in 1927, are likely almost just as old. Photo: Shanna Ravindra

The owner of the Spanish restaurant El Faro in the West Village tells DNAInfo the restaurant will be closed until he can afford to pay the more than $80,000 in fines to the Health Department incurred through multiple code violations. Inspectors closed the restaurant last Friday night, and despite an outpouring of messages and phone calls from past and present patrons of the 85-year-old restaurant, Mark Lugris says he also owes El Faro's vendors money and is unsure that he will be able to fix structural issues inside the 150-year-old kitchen, which he says has numerous "tiny cracks and holes." [DNAinfo]