Packing Heat Inside the Letrina of Rancho Jubilee

Rancho Jubilee!

You don't need to bring the party to this bathroom.
It's already here.Photo: Daniel Maurer


If youve been to Rancho Jubilee, the totally coco-loco Dominican restaurant in the wilds of Elmhurst thats fashioned after an over-the-top beach hut (thatch roofing, cavelike plaster ceilings, stuffed turkeys and roosters, waiters in tropical shirts), its probably because you had five hours to kill before a flight out of La Guardia a few blocks away and you thought you might as well spend it drinking tequila from a coconut, and then a pineapple, and then a cantaloupe, and then a flaming volcano. Does it beat drinking at the airport bar? Oh, yes. And do the bathrooms beat the ones near Gate 14? Claro que si, papi!

Rancho Jubilee!

The island aesthetic, writ minimalist.Photo: Daniel Maurer

Concept: Follow the neon sign that says Letrina, go through the curtain of rope, and youre in a caves outhouse.

Privacy: The stall doors paneled with logs are so close to the sink and urinals that youll have to rely on the blaring meringue music to give you any sort of cover.

Amenities: The sink is a mass of corn kernels and sunflower seeds under Plexiglas. The toilet is completely covered in wood slats so it looks a handmade latrine (theres a cute little cutout where the flusher is).

Drawbacks: Theres so little space in the stalls that the wastebaskets are placed on top of the toilet.

Strategy: Did we mention this place sells Sniper vodka in a rifle-shaped bottle? Buy the bottle and kill yourself in the stall.

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