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Sep 12, 2008 03:44 AM

Calexico in Brooklyn

I walked by the former "Schnack" on Union St in Carroll Gardens West and saw signs for Calexico, the Mexican street cart that I love that's usually parked on Prince and Wooster in SoHo. Anyone know when it's planning on opening? Is this their first non-truck location?

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  1. Calexico had one of their taco carts parked in front of the old Schnack location on Saturday for a neighborhood street party. The owners said they closed on the location last week, and they expect to be open in about a month. I got a $3 black bean taco, my friend got a $4 steak taco, both delicious. Very excited about this!

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    1. re: Puppimus

      Great to hear that they already have a good reputation for street truck food. This new location is right in my nabe so I am looking forward to trying it. Seems like a perfect spot for it.

      1. re: boccalupo

        agreed... i think it'll be a success here. but who knows; i thought schnack was pretty awesome too and that didn't end up so well.

        either way, let's just pray for late hours. there's no good cheap food in the area (both sides of the BQE) open past 11p.

      2. re: Puppimus

        Oh I think you officially made my day. I love the Calexico people.

        1. re: Nehna

          Agreed, can't wait, though a walk-by on Sunday gave little clues as to opening date. The front of the store is very much papered up, and the Schnack sign still hangs above the door.

      3. Isn't there a Calexico on fifth avenue, close to Flatbush? Is this the same owner as the food trucks?

        1. any update from anyone on when this is opening?

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          1. re: Nehna

            I walked by yesterday and it looked the same as it did a few months ago. I'm starting to think this project is DOA.

            1. re: oolah

              Just asked about this by e-mail. They're now hoping to open the restaurant in "about a month."

              122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

              1. re: squid kun

                OK, make that April. That's what the guy at the Broome/Broadway cart said today.

              2. re: oolah

                The Schnack sign is gone and the Calexico sign is up!!!

              1. re: brooklyndude

                Still closed as of Sunday when I last walked by. No progress visible from the street.

                1. re: brooklyndude

                  According to Eater, someone at the cart says "three weeks."


                  Calexico's Red Hook storefront
                  122 Union St., Red Hook/Columbia Street Waterfront
                  Status: After receiving a number of reader inquiries regarding the hold up here—remember the plywood was first spotted back in September—we went to the cart to get the intel. According to one worker, she should be up and running in three weeks.

                  1. re: ScienceMike

                    I saw a silver van w/Calexico written on it driving around in the neighborhood a few days ago. I took it as a sign that something is happening, although there's never any action in the storefront when I walk by.

                    1. re: Puppimus

                      Just talked to a guy unloading the Calexico van on Union and he said that they'd be open around June 1st.

                      1. re: _burger

                        Still no action on Union. I hope this project hasn't gone bust!

                        1. re: Puppimus

                          My husband talked to some people who were working in there this weekend and they said "next week" meaning this week. There's definitely been some progress, but, as before, I think their estimates are way off. Maybe they'll open by July.

                2. According to NY Mag, it's opening next Tuesday.

                  Will it really? I dunno.

                  They also have a twitter feed announcing cart locations, specials, and I'm assuming opening day.

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                  1. re: oolah

                    Tuesday is indeed opening day, according to a man working there today. The brown paper is finally off the windows, too.