La Mexicana Taco Bar Takes Over 925 New Cubans House
Tacos and Cuban espresso? That is what you may anticipate finding on the new La Mexicana Taco Bar location in Fort Lauderdale.The beloved Wilton Manors restaurant positioned on the Yard just lately discovered itself a second dwelling at a Broward County landmark — one with a ventanita window the place patrons can seize a Cuban espresso together with just a few to-go tacos.
Final month, La Mexicana Taco Bar proprietor Diva Identify and her enterprise companion, John Whelden, shared the information that that they had acquired the long-lasting 925 Nuevos Cubanos house. The beloved Cuban restaurant served the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood for almost 50 years earlier than shuttering in Might.
For Identify, the property introduced a novel alternative to broaden her enterprise whereas honoring a neighborhood legacy. Based in 1976, the Cuban restaurant was recognized to loyal patrons because the “ventanita on Andrews,” a landmark institution the place locals might seize a cup of espresso, a colada, or an empanada earlier than heading to work.
Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Identify moved to New Jersey to study the ins and outs of working a restaurant. After years of working at a number of Mexican institutions, she moved to Wilton Manors to be nearer to household and open a restaurant of her personal.
“I at all times wished to have my very own enterprise,” says Identify, who opened La Mexicana within the coronary heart of the Yard’s urban-style oasis. “I discovered this location and I fell in love with it. The environment is simply so magical right here. You are feeling such as you’re overseas.”
The restaurant turned a second dwelling, and her patrons prolonged household.
Now, after eight years in enterprise, Identify says she’s wanting to welcome the second location for La Mexicana Taco Bar, one she believes might be simply as particular as the unique.
Luis Valdes Sr. opened 925 Nuevos Cubanos after emigrating to South Florida from Cuba within the Forties. He constructed the restaurant alongside his household, who resided with him in an house positioned on the property.
It is that very element that resonated most with Identify, who tells New Occasions she hopes to meet Valdes’ authentic imaginative and prescient for the house whereas increasing upon her personal.
“For me, my property in Wilton Manors has been my dwelling. Since I moved right here, I’ve been at my restaurant each single day. I’m by no means dwelling,” explains Identify. “And I feel it is cool that identical to how La Mexicana is my dwelling, the house owners of 925 felt the identical method. This was their dwelling. They used to stay there. And I’m going to honor that.”
The brand new location can be meant to function a brief flagship location for La Mexicana, which can shut on the Yard as soon as development of a six-story residential and retail growth begins on the Wilton Manors website early subsequent 12 months. Each Identify and Whelden say they hope to reopen when development is completed.
Till then, La Mexicana will proceed to function at its present house at 2430 Northeast thirteenth Avenue in Wilton Manors, with the Fort Lauderdale location slated to open in mid-January at 925 North Andrews Avenue.
Whereas the menu might be crammed with all of their authentic menu objects, together with their widespread tacos and scrumptious Peruvian ceviche, Identify says there will even be a Cuban sandwich on the menu.
“We need to preserve the sensation like each meal is a home-cooked meal cooked by your abuela,” sums up Identify. “We’ll add some road components to make it extra funky, too. I am unable to wait to welcome visitors to the brand new location.”
La Mexicana Taco Bar. 2430 NE thirteenth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 754-701-5977; lamexicana.on-line. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. New location opening January 2024.