If you’re among those who feel like the East Village is looking more and more like Murray Hill, you’ll get a kick out of this one. Blockheads, the Cal-Mex chain that launched on Third Avenue and 34th Street back in 1992, is opening its East Village location in a couple of weeks.
“We’ll be open the night of Thursday, July 23,” said owner Don Sofer, standing inside the chain’s soon-to-be seventh branch.
Sofer told us Blockheads “did a deal” with Unidentified Flying Chicken after a roof leak lead to the Korean chicken joint’s initial closure at 60 Third Avenue.
With the walls already kitted out in typical “kitschy dime store” motif, Sofer assured us you can also expect all the usual Blockheads fare including “cheap burritos,” $4 margaritas, and with particular emphasis, “a lot of vegan and vegetarian stuff, too.”
Meanwhile, while we’re talking Mexican food: after five and a half years, La Lucha has closed its location on Avenue A. A Facebook message blames “the outrageous cost of operating in the Village” and a tweet promises a “new adventure in Brooklyn.”