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Friducha, Frida Kahlo-Themed Mexican Restaurant, Opens on Manhattan Avenue

Friducha, located at 946 Manhattan Ave. (Courtesy of Sandra Lopez)

Dec. 5, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A Frida Kahlo-themed restaurant serving Mexican dishes has opened its doors on Manhattan Avenue.

Friducha, the name of the corner restaurant, opened on Saturday at 946 Manhattan Ave., with a menu full of staples prepared in house like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and guacamole-based dishes. Main dishes are priced between $10 and $16.

The restaurant, at the former site of La Taverna, sits about 35 people, and is steadily decorating its walls with quotes, images, and all things Frida Kahlo, who has been a major source of inspiration to Sandra Lopez, the restaurant’s co-owner.

Inside Friducha (Photo: Sandra Lopez)

“Her love, Diego, would call her Friducha,” Lopez said, explaining the restaurant’s name. “She’s my hero.”

Lopez, who last worked as a waitress up until the restaurant’s opening, dreamed of opening her own place since moving to Brooklyn from her native El Salvador 10 years ago. The search for a perfect place finally took off a year ago with her brother and husband, co-owners of the restaurant.

“I was looking for a neighborhood where it could be welcome, and I felt like Greenpoint was a good place,” she said. “I love the area.”

The restaurant plans on offering margaritas, tequila-based drinks, Mexican draft beers, and a custom cocktail menu once it receives its liquor license.

Friducha is open from midday until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with plans to open for brunch in the near future.

Inside Friducha (Photo: Sandra Lopez)

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We are proud of Sandra and her partners, such an example of what Latinos are made of, dreams and hard work, no matter where we come from.


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