For Lucharito’s, ocho will be the new cinco.
For non-Spanish-speakers, that means that “eight will be the new five.” To further elaborate, that means that instead of re-opening on Cinco de Mayo, the Greenport “Baja-style” eatery which has been closed for renovations since mid-March will in fact be opening a few days later than expected — on May 8.
So instead of a Cinco de Mayo party, Lucharito’s will celebrate on Ocho de Mayo.
“We’re a week or so over what we thought we would be,” LaMaina said on Tuesday, between taking calls and meeting with contractors, trying to wrap up before Friday comes.
“This has all been a learning curve for me,” LaMaina said. “We’re just trying to survive.”
The Main Street bar and restaurant will be tripling its kitchen space, and will soon have the ability to serve 50 customers at tables and another 21 at a new bar. That’s compared to the 16 it could previously hold, in addition to 12 at the bar.
LaMaina opened the restaurant in late 2012 after Hurricane Sandy dealt a heavy blow to the eatery he used to operate out of the same space — Butta Cakes, a cupcake shop. Since then, Lucharito’s has quickly bloomed into a popular destination, therefore requiring the expansion plans two years after opening up shop.
The eatery will open back up on Friday at 11 a.m.