Feb. 8, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Mexican restaurant El Norteno has closed after being in business for less than one year.
The owners of the restaurant, located at 42-15 Queens Blvd., took over the Mexican eatery last April when it had been called Chips.
The restaurant was owned by a husband-and-wife duo who bought Chips from Miguel Hernandez, a relative who went back to Mexico.
They changed the name to El Norteno, which they said reflected their northern Mexican heritage.
The restaurant, which is located besides PJ Horgan’s, had been listed for sale for some time. However, in recent days, the front gate has been down with a “for rent’ sign beside it.
The former restaurant is not part of the corner lot– which includes the former Center Cinemas and Dime Bank– that is being developed.