NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Restaurant changes in Standish-Ericsson neighborhood


Changes are coming to the Standish-Ericsson restaurant scene.

In mid-April, Pupuseria La Palmera will open at the corner of Cedar and 42nd Street in the former Stabby’s space. According to Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association staff member Bob Kambeitz, Pupuseria La Palmera will be serving Salvadoran cuisine. The family-run restaurant expects to operate from 8:00-8:00 p.m. serving traditional dishes, centered around the “pupusa” – a handmade tortilla filled with a blend of ingredients.

Citizen Cafe at 2403 East 38th Street will be converting to a wine bar ( The restaurant, which opened in June 2008, will close after brunch on Sunday, March 25 and reopen on April 10.  During the closure, the front area of the cafe will be remodeled to accommodate the wine bar.

According to an email sent out by owners Seaen and Michael MacKay, the change was brought about by sous chef John Lambe’s decision to move on after four years to spend more quality time with his two young children. In doing so, he “has made us step back and look at our quality of life too,” said the MacKays.

“Michael and I both know that change is a difficult thing and many people don’t like it but sometimes it becomes necessary to grow as people. We hope you understand and bear with us as we accomplish this,” said Seaen.

She has always wanted to have a wine bar, and believes that now is the right time to take that step.

When it reopens, the cafe will no longer serve lunch Tuesday through Thursday, but will open at 4 p.m.

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