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Thanks to the Jackson Heights Journal Twitter for pointing out the above picture inside the Arepa Lady’s new 300-square-foot restaurant under construction in Jackson Heights. The location in question is 77-02AA Roosevelt Avenue, between 77th and 78th Streets.

According to the Arepa Lady herself — also known as Maria Cano — the hope is to open the spot by the end of this month! She will serve an expanded menu of her food truck offerings, with new meat and vegetable toppings for the arepas. The food truck will be out on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 79th Street this Friday.

Arepa Lady Will Open Brick and Mortar Restaurant in Jackson Heights [Q’Stoner]

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Fantastic news for anyone who’s visited the Arepa Lady (aka Maria Cano) on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 79th Street: she is opening a brick and mortar restaurant at 77-02AA Roosevelt Avenue, between 77th and 78th Streets. Serious Eats reports that the 300-square-foot restaurant will fit a few seats and offer take out. You can also expect an expanded menu, with new meat and vegetable toppings for the arepas. As you can see in the photo above, the space is now under construction. The plan is to open it this spring.

Maria Cano started serving her arepas out of a food cart in the 90s and soon rose to street vendor fame. She serves Friday and Saturday nights during warm months of the year. The family still plans to operate the food cart once the shop is open. Can’t wait!

The Sainted Arepa Lady is Opening a Restaurant in Jackson Heights [Serious Eats] GMAP

Photo via Twitter

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Jeff Orlick isn’t living his dream, he’s eating it… and he wants to share. This Friday, the Jackson Heights-based culinary tour guide and the 82nd Street Partnership will host the outdoor food extravaganza Viva la Comida! A celebration of the borough’s culinary diversity, restaurants, bakeries and mobile vendors — including Tortas Neza (Mexican), Arepa Lady (Colombian), Chimi Express (inventors of the Dominican pizzatón), Morocho (Peruvian) and the debuting Tibetan momo truck Amdo — will sell their products along 82nd Street. However, food is only part of the fun. Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros and other local bands will perform with a break at 8 pm for an open dance competition with prizes. Plus, Hibridos Collective will organize an interactive art fair, and Design For You will host a pop-up market featuring treats from such local favorites as Bittersweet NYC and Tropisec.

Details: Viva la Comida! by the 82nd Street Partnership, 82nd Street between Roosevelt and Baxter avenues, Jackson Heights, September 20th, 4 pm to 10 pm, free to attend.

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Image source: Bridge and Tunnel Club

On Friday, September 21, the inaugural Viva La Comida! Festival will be here! It is organized by the 82nd Street Partnership, a nonprofit neighborhood development company that helps promote the local business improvement district (BID) in Jackson Heights. Local food expert Jeff Orlick has also helped out the food side of things, and has put together a fantastic group of food vendors.