A new look at 12th Street Cantina

12th Street Cantina in Reading Terminal Market sports a wooden sign and new counters.

The century-old Reading Terminal Market has been in the throes of a major makeover in the last few years.

The wheels of progress have finally turned at Michele Leff's 12th Street Cantina, which started selling Mexican food and groceries 32 years ago.

But 12th Street's new look is far beyond the new wooden signs, kitchen equipment,  floors, counters and seating. 

The operation returned this week from a construction shutdown with a new chef, Raul Aguirre, a native of Puebla, Mexico, and a vet of Blackfish in Conshohocken.

He's ramping up his menu, but for now there are a few daily specials in addition to tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and salads. Pibil is a specialty.

Tortas are on their way.