Popular ‘Masala Wala’ on Essex Street is Closed by Health Department [UPDATED]
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The Masala Wala is probably one of the longer running establishments at 179 Essex Street, a cursed address rife with turnover. Opened in October 2011, the so-called “curry crusader” still manages to populate the dining room. Not today, though.
You see, the Department of Health stopped by on Tuesday and shuttered the joint. While the city agency website doesn’t yet reflect what went wrong here, whatever happened was obviously serious enough to warrant the outstretched arm of the DOH. Nevertheless, Masala Wala is closed while ownership renovates and remedies. UPDATE: They’ve reopened.
Meanwhile, you may have also noticed the new look Masala Wala unveiled a few months ago. This updated logo adds that tinge of trend to the business.
Masala Wala ultimately replaced the late-night snack-shack, Munchies, which closed in October 2010 after its two years in business. The predecessor, founded by local Ahmed Parvesh, had struggled to make ends meet.