INWOOD — A local Mexican restaurant known for quality takeout has closed its doors just over a year after opening.
At the time, a restaurant employee posted a message to a Facebook community group saying the eatery would undergo renovations and had hoped to obtain a liquor license before reopening. However, late last week a “For Rent” sign appeared on the shuttered storefront.
The owner of the building, who declined to provide his name, confirmed that La Piñata would not reopen in the space. It opened there in March 2013. La Piñata's owner did not respond to several requests for comment.
The restaurant submitted an application for a liquor license to Community Board 12 in June. The community board objected to the application on the grounds that the applicant did not attend or send a representative to the board’s meeting.
The State Liquor Authority can approve an application against the community board’s recommendation, but there is currently no record of a liquor license for La Piñata in the agency’s database.