For many Nuyoricans and Puerto Ricans, Casa Adela is an extension of their legacy in Loisaida. The restaurant, where owner Adela Fargas served authentic Puerto Rican food since 1976, has been a pillar for the Puerto Rican population in New York. Over the weekend, the restaurant’s Facebook page announced that at 81, Adela had passed away. Immediately, people flooded the comment section with anecdotes about her kindness and delicious rotisserie chicken. “She was the most wonderful and delightful person,” one commenter said. “Every time I went to her place of business, I didn’t feel like I was dining out. I felt like I was at abuelas.”

Customers quickly filled the storefront, located at 66 Avenue C, with flowers and candles after the announcement. Throughout its more than four decades in operation, the restaurant has drawn celebrities and local residents alike. With its mofongo and pernil asado, Casa Adela provided comfort food, as well as a sense of community, to Puerto Ricans.

With her funeral taking place on Friday, the tributes keep rolling in, with people remembering her as someone who made them feel at home. Check out the touching comments below.

DOÑA ADELA…you were a MOMS, AN ABUELA to so many of us on the L.E.S./LOISAIDA…you were the go to place, we boast…

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Q.E.P.D / R.I.P Adela Heavy hearted this morning to learn that Adela Fargas of Casa Adela passed away this morning. All Puerto Rican’s feel your loss… from the island and throughout the Diaspora. You will always be one of our best Boricua success stories. My prayers are with her family and loved ones. My favorite memory I have of Adela’s love for her community is when she saw the poster I did for the LOISAIDA Festival in 2016. She always put her favorite posters under the glass of her tables. With pure pride that she radiated, as she put my poster under the glass Was contagious. It made me feel like I was putting my art in the MoMa! That’s how she made people feel… everyone was special. And she definitely was a blessing to everyone who had the opportunity to know her. Adela, te queremos, vamos a extrañar tu chispa y sabor.

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• I first discovered Casa Adela almost 8 years ago on a bitter cold night while walking passed it to go to a bar. I had moved from Puerto Rico only a couple of months before and was very homesick. When I read “Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine” on the fogged up glass my eyes lit up. I went in and tried the “sancocho” with a side of “tostones” which was the perfect meal to help us warm up. I was so happy to have stumbled upon a place where I could taste a little bit of home. Adela, Rest in Peace | #CasaAdela • _______________________________________________________ #fujifilmx_us #xpro2 #myfujifilm #streetdreamsmag #ST_PH #hikaricreative #tiny_collective #streetphotographer #streetbwcolor #communityfirst #justgoshoot #beststreets #everybodystreet #everydayeverywhere #SPIcollective #thosenewyorkstreets #resourcemag #myfeatureshoot #lensculturestreet #womeninstreet #spi_colour #friendsinperson #yourshotphotographer #hersideoftheroad #streetphotography #lensculturetalent #burnmagazine #helloicp #challengerstreet #everybodystreet

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