Now it makes sense that Chifa chef Natalie Maronski is leaving to run Volver at the Kimmel Center, one of the things Jose Garces told us last night. We just received a statement from the Iron Chef announcing that Chifa will close for good after service this Saturday, July 13. In its place will rise a Cuban diner serving both lunch and dinner. “It is now time for a new flavor to hit Washington Square,” says Garces. Look for empanadas, Cubanos, ropa vieja, milkshakes, mojitos and daiquiris when the new spot launches this fall.