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Agave y Aguacate closes in Kensington but will be popping up here and there

Agave y Aguacate’s tinga tostada, a 2011 weekly lunch pick (Image: Renée Suen)

After just over a year of delighting Kensington Market with his meticulous Mexican street food, Francisco Alejandri, the affable but intense perfectionist behind Agave y Aguacate, has closed down his stall in the El Gordo food court at 214 Augusta Avenue. In an interview with Post City, Alejandri said that he just couldn’t deal with the chaos and grunginess of the venue (other vendors have also left recently). The market’s owner, Alfonso Segovia, argued that Alejandri’s unpredictable opening hours might have been a bigger reason for Agave y Aguacate’s difficulties in the space, although he also conceded that keeping the tiny market clean and organized is a challenge. In any case, Agave y Aguacate’s many fans need not fear: Alejandri has a few pop-up gigs scheduled. On September 9, he’ll be appearing at the Awestruck food truck awards, and starting next month he’ll be cooking at The Raq on Queen West on Thursdays. He had also been engaged to cook at Harbourfront’s Lifestyle Zone for the next two weekends, but will now be unable to attend. As ever, he’s looking for a more permanent restaurant space. Meanwhile, the Star’s Eat blog is reporting that Seven Lives, a taco concern, will be setting up shop in the El Gordo space. [Post City]