La Pescaderia rebrands to offer arepas, tacos and fresh fish
Updated 5:16 pm, Tuesday, May 30, 2017
NEW CANAAN — Formerly Fish Tales, La Pescaderia Fish Market and Arepas has a new look and new menu, as of last Thursday.
The redesign was the idea of the chef and owner, Rafael Marin, who owned Fish Tales for over three years, serving New England-style seafood. Marin had long been looking to make a change, but it wasn’t until the landlord of the 53 East Ave. building in which La Pescaderia is located needed to make some structural changes that Marin had his chance.
“I always had this idea of Pescaderia, it’s like a Spanish fish market. So I took advantage that I was closed and wasn’t paying rent to do the changes,” said Marin, who moved from his native fishing town in Venezuela to Norwalk in 1988 and became a line cook, working his way up to chef.
The floors of the restaurant were redone and the walls repainted, but the biggest change is on the menu.
“I decided to change it so I can do my Venezuelan arepas,” Marin said, speaking about the ground cornmeal sandwiches he’ll now be serving, along with tacos, rice bowls, burritos, salads and his customary fish. “We stuff it with different meats, seafood — and it’s gluten free. So I think it’s going to be a big hit here in New Canaan.”
Already, Marin said he’s gotten a positive response from people coming in, particularly because there are few places to get rice and beans, arepas and tacos for lunch.
“In New Canaan there are a lot of workers from other towns. And you know to have lunch in New Canaan is not cheap. Here, you can have lunch for less than $10, with a soda and fresh food,” Marin said.
La Pescaderia is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.