E Zarape, the taqueria in the pie-shaped corner spot at 12th and Passyunk, has signed a lease on a new location in cheesesteak central.
El Zarape will go before the Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning committee on Tuesday to get community input on its new proposed spot, 1304-06 9th St, which is two doors down from Pat’s Steaks. The building will need a zoning variance to serve food.
The Insider reported that owner Armando Aparicio cited a rent increase as prompting the move.
That’s not surprising. Even though the current location is so oddly shaped, it’s pretty big if you count the storage area behind their kitchen, which they briefly tried to use as a small grocery. The restaurant, which is right across from the Cantina, is also empty fairly often despite its designation as Best of Philly tacos in 2012.
Moving next to Pat’s will at least provide another good option for BYO food when you go to Garage, though.