Looks like Caracas has some competition. Over the weekend, a new Venezuelan restaurant took over half of the old Café Pick Me Up space on Avenue A and 9th Street. Monica Muzzo, owner of Arepas Factory, told us she wanted her menu to reflect both the traditional recipes she grew up with in Venezuela and the ethnic diversity of New York City.
When we hosted Patacon Pisao at the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar last summer, the Venezuelan spot planned to open on the Lower East Side on October 1. Nine months later, Jonathan Hernandez, the brand’s VP, tells us he hopes to finally start frying plantains for gigantic sandwiches in the next couple of weeks.