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Downtown steakhouse shell to house Florida’s Rocco’s Tacos

Ay Caramba! Morton’s empty space to be filled with Mexican restaurant

Brooklyn Daily

There’s no need to run for the border anymore.

Brooklyn appears to be erupting with Mexican food restaurants. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, and potentially Chipotle Mexican Grill, will be opening new outposts Downtown.

Rocco’s Tacos has signed a 15-year lease for the ground floor at 339 Adams Street, according to the restaurant. It’s taking over the space near Fulton Street where Morton’s Steakhouse — which closed in February 2012 — once resided.

This will be the first New York location for the Florida chain. The new restaurant is expected to open by winter 2014.

On top of that, One Metrotech Center - la casa of Brooklyn Paper - is likely to get a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant, according to sources in the know.

The first Rocco’s Tacos was founded in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2007. But New York native Rocco Mangel has long wanted to open a restaurant in the city. It’s in his blood, he says, his grandfather was the general manager of Copacabana.

“I’m beyond excited to introduce the Rocco’s Tacos brand to the New York market,” Mangel said. “Growing up in Long Island, I always hoped to open a restaurant in my home state. Brooklyn is a thriving borough that I love and I’m confident that we will be a great addition to the vibe and dining culture.”

As for the rumored Chipotle, it’s likely to takeover a vacant space on the ground floor that once housed a Chinese food restaurant.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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