What better way to get to know Miami than meet some of our local celebrities? Cuban Guys quickly became an iconic chain in Miami with its cheerful branding, casual atmosphere and seriously good food. Growing up in Miami, I love Cuban food and it's the first thing my friends and family from out-of-state ask for when they come visit.
Here's my exclusive interview with Jorge Llapur, one of the three founders of Cuban Guys. Jorge and I "met" on Instagram and his dynamic personality instantly connected with me. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person and had the opportunity to ask him some questions.
LH: Tell our readers how Cuban Guys went from a dream to reality?
Jorge Llapur: Climbing up the corporate ladder in the restaurant industry, I always learned that the restaurant experience goes beyond the flavor of the food, it is all about food quality, staff friendliness, restaurant cleanliness and value to the guest. I never found a Cuban fast casual chain that had these characteristics all in one place, so I decided to create it, and that is how the idea of Cuban Guys Restaurants came to life.
LH: How did you manage to make Cuban Guys different from other Cuban restaurants?
Jorge Llapur: We worked to develop systems that would allow us to have fresh, great qualty food that you would find in a full-service restaurant but with the speed and convenience that you would find in a fast food restaurant and that is what we do: Awesome Food - Served Fast. This is what makes us unique as a fast, casual Cuban restaurant.
LH: What's your future vision for Cuban Guys?
Jorge Llapur: We currently have 4 locations in Miami-Dade County, short-term we want to continue the local growth and expand into Broward County and West Palm, and eventually long-term our goal is to be a national chain.
LH: You're a busy guy. How do you relax?
Jorge Llapur: I am a workoholic, my idea of relaxing is sitting back and watch a lunch rush at one of the locations . . . . LOL .. but, it’s an AWESOME feeling of accomplishment!
LH: What's your personal favorite Cuban Guys dish?
Jorge Llapur: This is the hardest question!!!!!!!! But,if you put a gun to my head I'd have to say The Frita Cubana, AKA: a Cuban hamburger. It’s an all-beef patty seasoned with our proprietary blend of spices that include paprika, garlic, onion and others. It is cooked smashed and flat-grilled then drizzled with our house FRITA Sauce and served in a warm Cuban roll with onions, topped with our home-made crispy string fries.
If you're a Cuban food addict, or dare to become one....then check out Cuban Guys and their daily specials. They also cater. To learn more, please visit their website for locations, menu and more of their story.
Serving Kendall, Hialeah and North Miami Beach. Call (786) 401-9426 to reach their corporate office.