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Washington Heights Mourns Beloved Fried Chicken Joint

By Carla Zanoni | February 28, 2011 7:45am 

By Carla Zanoni

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — In New York City, restaurants come and restaurants go.

But when a beloved neighborhood haunt that has been serving up delectable dishes for after school and late night cravings for years serves its last meal, a neighborhood mourns.

And so it was when New Caporal Fried Chicken and Shrimp at 3772 Broadway, between 156th and 157th streets, shuttered its doors with little warning on Friday.

Twitter users from Washington Heights spent the weekend lamenting the end of Caporal, the place called an “uptown landmark” by Inwood native and writer Claudio Cabrera last year.

“Ode to The Caporal Chicken spot in Washington Heights,” tweeted Rammer. “The 157th subway train stop will never smell the same.”