Monday, September 19, 2016

Francisco's Centro Vasco

On West 23rd Street between 6th and 7th, Francisco's Centro Vasco has been in business since 1979.

They're just a few doors down from the location of this weekend's bomb explosion in Chelsea. The restaurant was not damaged, but it had to close temporarily due to the investigation. They hope to reopen today at 4:00.

As they told their customers on Facebook:

Francisco's is one of the last of a dwindling number of Spanish restaurants in the city, along with El Quijote in the nearby Chelsea Hotel and Spain, on 13th Street, recently the star of a lovely feature in the Times.

Even closing for a day can disrupt a small business. And terror can keep people away. If you're looking to support New York, Chelsea, and the people of its small business streetscape at this time, please keep Francisco's in mind for a meal or a round of drinks. Many of us could use a drink after this weekend.


BrooksNYC said...

Looking forward to trying Franciso's Centro Vasco, and thanks for the heads-up.

Early Saturday evening (before the ensuing drama) I stopped by El Quijote for a drink at the wonderful old bar. It's one of the great time-travel experiences left in the city, and I pray it never closes!

Reader said...

I fondly recall my family's visits to El Faro, which was also in the Village, not too far from Spain, at 823 Greenwich Street between Horatio and Jane. Opened in 1927, it closed in 2012.

John K said...

Thanks for this little boost for Francisco's Centro Vasco. It's a great spot, and I hope it and other small, non-chain businesses like it can stay in business for a long time to come. Our support helps to ensure that that happens.

timmmyk said...

Hi Jeremiah, FYI Monster Sushi, directly across the street from Francisco's @ 158 West 23rd Street abruptly closed this past weekend. Them sign in the window said they had started 20 years ago - they were Godzilla Sushi for a shirt while until they were legally stopped from using the name and went back to Monster Sushi. Furniture and tables set as if they would open for the next shift.

timmmyk said...

Ahem * 'The' sign and 'short' while. please excuse the typos.