El Naranjo is leaving Rainey St.
Oaxacan-inspired restaurant El Naranjo announced today that it would be closing its original Rainey Street location in November. It’s unclear whether the restaurant outgrew the street or vice versa, but seven years is a nice long run for any restaurant, especially in a booze-soaked locale like Rainey Street that poses challenges to customers looking for a meal and not an hours-long ramble.
The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after chef owner Iliana de la Vega and husband, Ernesto Torrealba, opened a location at 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. in the former El Chipiron space. The couple opened El Naranjo on Rainey Street in 2012, when there were few businesses on the street and Sunday Fundays were not yet a thing. They operated a trailer of the same name for a couple of years on the lot while their avocado colored bungalow was being built.
The restaurant will serve its final dinner on November 16. It concludes lunch service this Friday and its final brunch will be October 13.
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