El Berraco makes shock announcement to close – But it may not be permanent
On Thursday, December 14th, El Berraco, a beloved Latin seafood restaurant on North First Avenue, announced its temporary closure. The restaurant, located at 2960 N. First Ave., has been a staple in the neighborhood since its opening in 2016 by Benjamin Galaz, who also owns BK Tacos.
In an Instagram statement, the eatery explained the closure but did not say why it was closing, or for how long. Naturally, this led people in the comments section to speculate whether the restaurant would actually return or not. Here, the statement read: ‘We regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience it may cause. Thank you for your unwavering support and patronage throughout the years. Your loyalty has meant the world to us!’
El Berraco’s unique submarine-shaped building has become a recognizable landmark on First Avenue, just past Glenn Street. Stepping inside El Berraco is like embarking on an underwater adventure, where the aromas of fresh seafood and the vibrant décor transport you to a world of Latin flavors.
While the restaurant’s temporary closure has saddened many of its loyal patrons, the owners assure that it is a necessary step to ensure the long-term success of El Berraco. They are currently working on plans to renovate and expand the restaurant, and hope to reopen its doors soon.