No Aloha Replacing El Cortez
By Dispatch Editors on Friday, December 17th, 2021 at 2:52 pm
The No Aloha bar is set to take over a restaurant space on Ingraham Street.
The 5,000 square foot restaurant will begin serving food before finishing liquor licensing, according to the Commercial Observer.
Renovations of the bar are underway. The bright floral wallpaper has been removed, as seen in instagram photos and here.
In addition to food and cocktails, No Aloha will also be serving face.
The El Cortez opened as a follow-up to popular Williamsburg hotspot The Commodore, known for fried chicken and tiki drinks. Founded in 2014, El Cortez launched a Tex-Mex inspired menu, including Americanized hard tacos, nachos slathered with queso, and a deep fried chimichanga. The restaurant also featured an upstairs dance club.
El Cortez launched at a time when the city was going crazy for queso. Even before the pandemic, the restaurant had begun to decline. The menu was continuously streamlined removing the unique dishes and reducing the menu to a generic version of what it once had been. While there had once been lines for a table, in the final months, it was easy to be the only customers eating dinner.