LOWER EAST SIDE — A go-to spot for late-night, alcohol-inspired snackage will start serving booze this week.
Taquitoria — which sells mostly taquitos at 168 Ludlow St. — will begin selling a limited menu of beer and wine starting Wednesday, it announced. It will offer $5 cans of Tecate, $15 glasses of sparkling wine and $10 glasses of White Girl Rose, a new wine by comedians Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky and Babe Walker of White Girl Problems.
The eatery also moved its kitchen into the basement, creating room for new seating in its roughly 600-square-foot space, owner Brad Hotlzman said.
“After two years of selling drunk food in the Lower East Side we’re finally selling drinks and we couldn’t be more excited,” Holtzman said.
In other Lower East Side and East Village restaurant news:
► Cocktail lounge 2nd on Clinton will close on July 29 after five years in business, The Lo-Down reported Tuesday. The building and bar were recently sold, according to the blog, and its owners plan to pursue separate ventures.
► A new bar called SET opened in the former Motor City location at 127 Ludlow St., according to Bedford + Bowery.
► La Lucha on Avenue A closed last week after six years, according to EV Grieve. The restaurant’s owners posted a message on Facebook saying they left because of “the outrageous cost of operating in the village” and said it would announce its new location soon.
► Bowery Boogie reported the McDonald’s Chinatown location at 26 Bowery — the one with the green and red pagoda entrance — closed recently, with all its signs, window decals and flags removed from the premises.