Jose Garces Is Closing Chifa; Opening a Cuban Diner


This Saturday, July 13th Jose Garces will close his Chifa at 707 Chestnut Street after a four year run. Garces will replace the Peruvian-Cantonese concept with a Cuban diner this fall in the same location. The Cuban diner will offer the likes of empanadas, Cubano sandwiches and Ropa Veija. And in keeping with the diner theme, there will be a malta fountain that will offer milkshakes.

Garces says “It is now time for a new flavor to hit Washington Square. We want to appeal to the neighborhood’s day and nighttime scenes, to both locals and tourists alike.” Garces has a background in cooking Cuban food, one he honed at Alma de Cuba, where he was once executive chef.

This is the first closure of a Garces restaurant. The Chicago raised chef has been on a meteoric rise since opening Amada back in 2005. Since then he’s opened 15 restaurants across the country, become an Iron Chef, written two cookbooks and started a charitable foundation.

Jose Garces Group [Official Site]

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  • Alimentarian

    This might have been a good location for his beer and brats, but I’m sure it will be tasty. Are we talking something like this?

    • barrygster

      My guess is this “diner” turns out gussied up $20+ entrees (or $15 small plates) and stops serving at 11pm.

  • no

    I liked Chifa, but haven’t been in years, because my gf is vegetarian and their vegetarian options are a lot more limited than at his other spots.

  • Nicole

    Sounds similar to the Square Peg concept that was just a few blocks away…and is now closed. Diner food and milkshakes…can we try to be just a little more original??

    • me

      Um……..did you read the article?

  • Supru

    Sorry to hear this, hope he still makes those awesome rolls!

  • Chifa devotee

    Say it ain’t so!!!! Where will I get my Inigo Montoya? Yuca fries? Guava and cheese bread?!??!?!?!?

  • MCAT

    it would be great if the Cuban cuisine is authentic and not what everyone in town tries to do to Cuban food – let’s keep it real and it will be a total success. Don’t try to fancy up good food just for the sake of charging more. Spend some time in Miami in Little Havana at the small diners and restaurants and you will now the difference.

  • Lunatic Loops

    More overpriced crap from an overblown and overhyped chef. All we really need a place that will serve good food at reasonable prices. Eating art on a plate that does not satisfy even the smallest appetite is an imbecilic way to run a restaurant.

    I’m tired of this nonsense.

    • Lunatic Loops

      Hey, I agree with you. Because I AM YOU. Creepy, dude.