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Adela Fargas

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Adela Fargas[edit]

Adela Fargas born March 19, 1936 - June 15, 2018. She is known as a chef and restaurant owner.[1]

Early Life

Adela was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico[2] and moved to the Lower East Side of New York around the 1950s. Adela was raised by her father. She attended Central High School. She attended school up until the twelfth grade. While in Puerto Rico, she worked in a lunch box business. She worked as a seamstress.[3]

Moving to New York

Adela moved to New York around the 1950s in order to leave her husband in search of better work and economic opportunity. Upon her arrival, she obtained a job working in a restaurant on 4th Street and Avenue D in Manhattan. She was later laid off after the business was closed by the owner and began selling Pasteles on a street corner. As time progressed, Adela started her own restaurant in 1976[4], the Original Casa Adela on 58th Avenue C. There, she began to create her own personal recipes. Her late husband was the main cook at the family's restaurant. Upon his passing Adela took everything over. Later on, the restaurant moved to 66 Avenue C, New York, New York.[5]

Casa Adela

Casa Adela is located at 66 Avenue C in the heart of Lower East side, Manhattan. Casa Adela is a family ran business that was established in 1976 and has been serving Latin flavors to the community ever since. According to New York City Council member, Carolina Rivera, Casa Adela gives everyone the illusion of being in Puerto Rico, making everyone feel at home. Carolina even stated that eating in Casa Adela feels as though one is eating in their grandmas house. After her passing, Adela's children, including her daughter Abigail and son Luis, continue to manage Casa Adela. According to the film Last One Standing, Adela’s family states Casa Adela survived gentrification due to Adela’s perseverance, hard work, being business savvy, and by fighting. Casa Adela is the last long term family restaurant in the Lower East Side.[6]


Adela Fargas died on June 15, 2018[7]. During a New York Council meeting, councilwoman Carlina Rivera requested a moment of silence for Adela Fargas. Rivera believed Casa Adela was a symbol of culture, changed a lot of lives, and made others proud to be Puerto Rican. Before passing, Adela once said “Remember Me For Who I Am.”[8] [9]

Last One Standing

Last One Standing is a documentary dedicated to the life of Adela Fargas and the impact her and her restaurant, Casa Adela, made on the entire Lower East Side. The people interviewed had interacted with Adela at some point in their life and were asked to speak about her. Marvel Comics writer, Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez, even placed Adela in one of his comics and can be seen interviewed in the film. In the comic, Adela is seen feeding Groot, from the Guardians of the Galaxy, inside of her restaurant. According to Pepe, a poet, eating at Casa Adela is one’s passport to being Puerto Rican. This film not only shows the restaurant before the passing of Adela, but it also shows the restaurant after Adela’s death.[10] [11]

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  1. Pearse, Emma (2015-06-26). "Casa Adela in East Village Is the Home of the Magical Rotisserie Chicken". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  2. "In Remembrance of Adela Fargas, Famed Owner of Casa Adela | Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños". Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  3. "The quest to preserve Puerto Rican culture with food -". 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  4. Dai, Serena (2018-01-16). "Matriarch Behind Puerto Rican Mainstay Casa Adela Dies at 81". Eater NY. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  5. "In Remembrance of Adela Fargas, Famed Owner of Casa Adela". Center for Puerto Rican Studies: Hunter College. Centro Voices.
  6. Pearse, Emma. "Casa Adela in East Village Is the Home of the Magical Rotisserie Chicken". The New York Times. The New York Times.
  7. "– Puerto Ricans Mourn Founder of Casa Adela". Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  8. Litvak, Ed. "Remembering Adela Fargas of Casa Adela". The Lo-Down: News From The Lower East Side. Lo-Down Productions.
  9. Dai, Serena. "Matriarch Behind Puerto Rican Mainstay Casa Adela Dies at 81". Eater New York. Vox Media.
  10. "2018 Official Selections". The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. INTERNATIONAL PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL.
  11. González, Carolina. "Cosmic Latina Grandma Takes Over Latest Guardians of the Galaxy Comic". The Atlantic. The Atlantic.