Looks Like El Vez Is Opening Soon

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Holy guacamole, open already. Photo: El Vez

Stephen Starr's 200-seat sequel to his Philadelphia restaurant of the same name was announced in late 2012 and targeted for a late 2013 opening, but last year was seeming all about Fatty Crab expansion plans and dashed fried chicken dreams for the busy restaurateur. The good news is that Battery Park City's El Vez is reportedly opening very soon and is now hiring a chef. The Mexican restaurant's original location helped propel the careers of Jose Garces and Top Chef's Mike Isabella. [Craigslist, Earlier]