Until Gas is Restored, Sweet Chick LES will Serve ‘Chicka’ Waffle Tacos
For Sweet Chick at 178 Ludlow Street, the closure last week was not related to “electric” issues, but rather the gas lines. However, instead of sitting on proverbial hands during this city-mandated timeout, co-owner John Seymour is reopening the restaurant with a gas-less taco concept called Sweet Chicka.
The PR spin here is that the sidelining is a golden opportunity for Seymour to “test out a concept he’s been thinking of for a while.” Namely, “deflating” waffles to create specialty tacos based on “family recipes of the kitchen staff.” This unique interpretation of tacos includes Pork Belly, Crispy Potato + Poblano, Blackened Catfish, and Carnitas varieties.
Sweet Chicka will continue selling these tacos until gas is restored. To that end, the utility was switched off due to plumbing issues related to the gas lines (“use of gas without authorization”), according to the Department of Buildings.
Sweet Chick debuted at 178 Ludlow – the former Max Fish space – back in June 2014 and counts legendary rapper Nas as co-owner. It last hit headlines in April 2017 with the short-run Tupac pop-up Powamekka Cafe.