Cuba Libre To Begin Selling Empanadas Out the Back Door

In conjunction with National Empanada Day on Sunday, April 8 (take a back seat Easter), Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre is opening Empanada Alley, a late-night spot located at the back of  the Old City restaurant on Strawberry Street. Every Friday and Saturday throughout April, from midnight until 3 a.m., the restaurant will serve up $3 empanadas in the converted kitchen space, reminiscent of a bodega.

Selections will include:

  • Picadillo, ground beef with olives and raisins
  • Pollo, hand-chopped chicken, corn, sweet pepper and Jack cheese
  • Camarones, shrimp, creamy spinach and pine nuts
  • Puerco, pulled pork, roasted poblano and charred tomatoes
  • A  vegetarian empanada Alcachofa, grilled artichoke hearts, salt-cured tomatoes and feta cheese

All profits from Empanada Alley will be donated to Children of Restaurant Employees, a charitable organization with benefactors from hospitality operator and supplier industries that provides special support to the children of restaurant employees.

Follow Empanada Alley on Twitter (@EmpAlley). If it is successful maybe it will continue after April.

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  • CM

    I love empanadas, but it won’t be fun having screaming drunks congregate on relatively quiet Strawberry Street at that time. Cuba Libre, I suggest you reconsider the hours of this joint.

  • barryg

    Might be a problem if CL doesn’t have a takeout license.