Will “transport our company from midtown Tucson to the coronary heart of Havana”


In advance of we dive into this one, “Mojo” is pronounced “mo-ho,” this means “Caribbean garlic sauce” in Spanish. Nearby restaurateurs Nick and Alison Schaffer introduced before this week that Mojo Cuban Kitchen & Rum Bar will open up its doors later this summer.

The cafe will be situated at 1929 E. Grant Rd. — the previous Viva El Caribe Cafe & Lounge spot — and is the newest to join the rising slate of businesses that have collectively revitalized the block of Grant Road amongst Nation Club Highway and Campbell Avenue.

Image courtesy of Mojo Cuban Kitchen area & Rum Bar

With a mission to convey “the tradition, rhythm, attitude, and romance of Espiritu Cubano to Tucson,” the cafe is an ancestral inspiration drawn from Nick’s kin who would stop by Cuba in advance of the revolution. A person of people was his great grandfather, who fought alongside Cubans in their combat for flexibility from Spain in the course of the Spanish-American War.

“We constantly needed to open a Cuban-themed establishment and Tucson appeared to be in have to have of one particular,” said Nick Schaffer, Mojo Cuban Kitchen’s co-operator.

The menu is a nod to Cuban culinary traditions

Apart from the conventional delicacies coming out of the kitchen area, anticipate to taste a sprint of modern expression, too — a line-up of Cuban comforts like ropa vieja, empanadas, fried yuca, mojo hen, and the quintessential Cubano sandwich.

“With my family’s qualifications, our like of Cuban food, lifestyle, and traditions, and the chance to respectfully make this thought in a person of Southern Arizona’s treasured historic neighborhoods, we felt that this was the great time and put to launch our new small business, a single that will transportation our attendees from midtown Tucson to the heart of Havana.”

At the complete-service bar, put together yourself for a selection of rums created equally for sipping and for mixing up standard cocktails, all prepared towards the backdrop of what the Schaffers refer to as “a regionally-motivated soundtrack intentionally curated to accompany the shaking and stirring.”

Concoctions will consist of Mojitos, Cuba Libres, Pina Coladas, and, of program, Daquiris, precisely the way Ernest Hemingway would’ve recommended all through his time residing in the vicinity of Havana.

Collaborative Culinary Workforce

Helmed by embellished Tucson chef Janet Balderas, the culinary crew and their menu will be a legitimate collaboration among the neighborhood and nationwide talent. Oh, and the authenticity doesn’t prevent there possibly since the signature touches from sous chef and native Cuban Patricia Espinosa and countrywide Cuban-American and James Beard Award-successful chef Douglas Rodriguez are aboard, far too.

As well as, James Diedrich, who delivers much more than 20 several years of hospitality working experience, together with some time with Fox Restaurant Concepts, Prep & Pastry, and other community dining establishments, is using the normal manager purpose.

Mojo Cuban Kitchen & Rum Bar

Photograph courtesy of Mojo Cuban Kitchen & Rum Bar

The Cuban qualifications of direct architect and interior designer Miguel Fuentevilla of FORS architecture+interior, will be obvious in the products, craftsmanship, and fashion, both within and out.

Practical having & drinking spot

Possibly you are going to start calling it a “midtown oasis” for the reason that of its walkable length from quite a few close by neighborhoods, and the simple fact that it’ll be open day-to-day for lunch and supper with a “Sleep-In Breakfast” on the weekend.

For all those in the temper to try to eat elsewhere, a pick-up window is also getting constructed when ordering on the web for decide on-up or when grabbing a speedy Cuban coffee and pastry — much like the traditional “las ventanitas” 1 would locate in Very little Havana.

Mojo Cuban Kitchen & Rum Bar

Picture courtesy of Mojo Cuban Kitchen & Rum Bar

Remain tuned for the actual opening day, which will be sometime this summer months.

Mojo Cuban Kitchen area & Rum Bar is positioned at 1929 E. Grant Rd. For additional info, stop by mojocuban.com and Stick to Mojo Cuban Kitch on Instagram and Facebook.