Corinna Mozo of Ossington Cuban restaurant Delux (92 Ossington Ave., at Humbert) is expanding with a second restaurant in the former Blue Plate space at 392 Roncesvalles (at Howard Park).
The new 30-seat restaurant called La Cubana is scheduled to open early next month. Inspired by her grandfather’s lunch counter in Cuba, La Cubana will be open every day starting at 11 a.m. until late with a back patio and a take-out window in the front serving coffee and donuts.
“We’re trying to evoke Havana in the ‘50s and we want it to be a fun place for kids, families, couples, and hopefully industry people,” says Mozo. “We’re taking the Cuban food that I grew up with and there will be a large list of bocaditos, which are snacks like salt-cod fritters and empanadas—nothing too crazy, but we’ll put an updated spin on them.”
For dinner service, Mozo says there will be lots of rice and beans, plantains, yucca, and grilled fish. “The most important thing is that it’s Cuban food meant for everyone. It’s not high cost. Fast turnover, good music, cocktails, and lots of sharing.”
In the kitchen will be Leah Hannon, who was previously Delux’s chef de cuisine, as well as Kyle Hough, who also cooked at Delux. Mozo’s brother Pablo of Arcade Agency will be designing the look of the space and branding. (The agency is best known for their work with The Bay.)
This Friday and Saturday, Delux will be serving some of the cocktails and snacks that will be featured at La Cubana for those who want a head start on the tastings.—Karon Liu
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