Although it lasted more than a year longer than planned, Mexican sandwich icon Cemitas Puebla again has no restaurant near its home turf. That’s because the Logan Square location at 3129 W. Armitage Ave. closed after service last night, owner Tony Anteliz says, two years after opening and two-and-a-half years after the original shuttered in Humboldt Park following a landlord dispute. The Fulton Market and Hyde Park locations remain open.
Anteliz originally planned the Logan Square spot, which opened in September 2015, to be an “extended popup” that would last around a year or less. He has said since the original Humboldt Park location closed that he would find a new spot in the area to house a replacement, and that the Logan location would be temporary until that replacement came to fruition.
More than two years have gone by and Anteliz still doesn’t have a permanent replacement, but he says that could happen soon. “It's now time to focus our energy in finding a permanent Logan Square/Humboldt Park home,” he writes. “It is incredibly important for us to find a permanent location in what we consider home.” Although Anteliz told the Tribune in August 2015 that he “secured a space in Humboldt Park,” he now says he doesn’t yet have any locations under consideration, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, fans of Anteliz’s famous Mexican cemitas sandwiches, tacos, and other food and drink will have to travel to Fulton Market or Hyde Park for now.