The restaurant spans approximately 700 square feet and seats approximately 75 customers.
Chef Roberto Treviño, a familiar face in Puerto Rico’s culinary scene, is set to open his latest business, Chicharron Grill inside Avalon Park Market in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 1, his business partner, Ricardo García , confirmed to News is my business.
“The restaurant is located inside the Avalon Market; it consists of approximately 700 square feet… It is a collaboration with Avalon Marketplace and Avalon Market Group,” García said, while noting that it is a shared space that can accommodate approximately 75 customers.
“They [Avalon Marketplace] organize mega-events and that’s what made the place attractive for us, ”assured García. “Additionally, the developer has other properties where we could possibly expand.”
Some 15 to 20 jobs will be created, García added.
The restaurant will initially launch with a small menu, García said, including many of the chef’s favorite dishes he introduced at Casa Lola Criollo Kitchen in Condado a few years ago.
“Roberto has had over 18 concepts in collaborations and others he has been involved in, such as Casa Lola, Budatai, Dragonfly, Bar Gitano, Rosa Mexicano, Pizza la Pasta, to name a few “, did he declare.
The menu includes a variety of Puerto Rican-inspired dishes such as empanadas stuffed with meat, chicken, or cheese; chicken pinchosor chicken skewers, and traditional mofongo with chicken or shrimp, among other traditional local dishes.
Treviño, a California native and longtime resident of Puerto Rico, left the island about six years ago and started collaborating in downtown Orlando at El Buda restaurant, which was a spin-off of the restaurant. Budatai in San Juan, explained García.
Treviño has established himself as one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated chefs with such acclaimed restaurants as Budatai, a Latin-Asian concept, Casa Lola, Dragonfly, Bar Gitano, Pizza la Pasta, El Buda and its many appearances on the Food Network, including when he faced the Croc’d in Iron Chef America Season 1 and Iron Chef Next-Generation.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring my diverse culinary background to a community that appreciates good food and culture,” Treviño said in a press release.
“We are very excited to have Chef Treviño bring his culinary talents to Marketplace, where we believe this concept will be a hit for Marketplace, our community and the dining community as a whole,” said Derek McCracken, Managing Director of Market Square in Avalon Park. “The addition of Chicharron Grill helps us bring another cultural cuisine to the market that is not currently represented and remains true to our vision of creating a diverse culinary offering for our customers.”
While Treviño is one of the most prolific culinary exponents Puerto Rico has had on the local and global stages – as a participant in several Food Network programs and local food festivals, like Saborea – he has also had a series of notable restaurant closures.
For example, the restaurant Rosa Mexicano, a business in which Treviño was a partner, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing debt of more than $3.6 million, such as the reported News is my Business in 2017.
In late 2016, News is my Business also reported that Asian fusion restaurant Budatai had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing debt of more than $400,000.
Nonetheless, García noted that the El Buda restaurant in Orlando, which also closed, was not in the best location and that’s what “affected this restaurant the most”.
“But now, with this new opening, we’re moving to a part of Florida where a lot of Hispanics and boricuas are at, which is Avalon Park,” García said. “We have over 100,000 boricuas who live in the area.