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Mexican Restaurant Opens on 48th Avenue


Cemitas El Tigre

Nov. 10, 2015 Staff Report

A restaurant opened on 48th Avenue today that focuses on selling central Mexican sandwiches—known as cemitas.

The establishment, aptly named Cemita’s, is located at 45-14 48th Ave. and offers Mexican sandwiches, burritos, tacos, milkshakes, craft beer and wine (click for menu).

Danny Lyu, a Los Angeles native who is the proprietor of the business, has operated two Smorgasburg stands (Cemitas and Handsome Hanks) prior to today’s opening.

The restaurant is Lyu’s first brick and mortar location.

Lyu said that the 48th Avenue area has many good eateries, just few modern dining options.

The restaurant has room for 32 customers, including several seats at the bar. The establishment opens at 12 pm each day, and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The location was previously occupied by Esmeralda.

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Friendly service, tasty food and a nice dining room that I actually enjoyed sitting in. I’ll be back and I hope the neighborhood gets more of the same.


Why open a Mexican restaurant in the heart of several preexisting Mexican restaurants? Let’s get something like this on Skillman Ave. where good food and variety are badly needed.


did this guy really open up a fake mexican restaurant right next to De Mole? wow… this should work out well…


simply milk shaken with fruit or a flavor I believe exist in every country… translations in spanish (licuados, betidos etc)

Kramden's Delicious Marshall

The awning looks good, unlike the garish yellow one next to it.

Best of luck to the owner.


I stopped in today for some take-away! The guy behind the bar was incredibly nice and the service was quick! I haven’t eaten my cemita yet, but I’m looking forward to it. The decor is lovely and I’m very excited to have them in the neighborhood.


you couldn’t just spend the extra 5 mins to eat your cemita and tell us how it was before posting this? =)


best of luck! happy to see them open. does anyone know what’s happening with the places that are stalled? the new Cafe Marlene, the new Uncle Jimmy’s, that place that is supposed to replace Sofra, next to Romanian Garden? they can’t find the right hands to grease or what??


The new Uncle Jimmy’s that was supposed to open at the old Rosario’s pizza (then changed to Bella Vita) won’t be going forward. There was a huge amount of mold found in the basement so I believe Uncle Jimmy basically walked away from the lease.

Cafe Marlene has been undergoing renovations and while they are a bit behind (they were supposed to open in October at some point), I’m hoping they will be open before the end of year.


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